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Applying for a Building Consent

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This page contains information on how to apply for a building consent including timeframes, information you will need to supply and links to the guidance notes and application form.
Updated: 13/05/2015 1:07 p.m.

To apply for a building consent you must complete the application form and submit it to us together with the required supporting documentation.

The notes of guidance provided with the application form will help you. Use the checklist to ensure the application is fully completed as incomplete applications will not be accepted. 

As part of the application documentation, you will be required to identify the inspections required for your project which must include inspections to be undertaken by Council as well as by any 3rd party professionals such as engineers. Please complete the “Procedure for Inspections” form by following the link below and attach this to your application. This form will be assessed along with all other documentation at the application processing stage and any concerns will be raised with you.  If you need any assistance with identifying the inspection requirements for your project please refer to practice note 001/14  - Planning of Inspections, by following the link below.

The process of preparing an application for a building consent can be extremely technical. We recommend that you seek the advice and guidance of a design professional or builder. 

If your project is particularly large or complex you may benefit from having a pre-lodgement meeting with our building staff. This will ensure that anything needing clarification can be discussed and resolved before the application is submitted.   

To download the guidance notes and application form, follow the links below. You can save the application form to your computer, then complete it before sending it to us. The documents open in a new window.

Building Consent Application Form (AF) [3.5mb] Opens in a new window.

Building Consent Application - Guidance Notes [119kb] Opens in a new window.

Building Consent Application - Planning of Inspections [155kb] Opens in a new window.

Building Consent Application - Procedure for Inspection Form (AF) [80kb] Opens in a new window.

Online building consents

We have introduced an online service for building consents which allows applications to be submitted and the consent pack issued electronically. There are criteria for inclusion in the scheme, which can be found by following the link below.

Online Building Consents

Project Information Memorandum

You may wish to apply for a Project Information Memorandum (PIM) which will give you important information about the site that is relevant to your project.

If you do not apply for a PIM you will need to satisfy yourself that the project meets all of the requirements of the District Plan as well as any legislative requirements such as the National Environmental standard for potential contaminants in soils. You can make application for a specific search for this purpose by completing the application form.  

Site Search for Potential Contaminants [82kb] Opens in a new window.

For further information, follow the link below.

Property Information

How long does it take to get a building consent?

We have 20 working days to grant a building consent from the date that the application is accepted by our Customer Services team. However, if your application contains a National Multiple Use Approval (multiproof), that time is reduced to 10 working days.

Our building officers will assess the plans and specifications to ensure they comply with the Building Code and may request further information from you. If this is the case, the processing clock will stop and your application will be suspended until you submit the required information.

For further information about the National Multiple Use Approval follow the link below.

National Multiple Use Approval (MBIE website) Opens in a new window.

How to submit your application

Applications may be submitted to our customer services team at Forum North, Rust Avenue Whangarei during our usual working hours of 8am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday.

The customer services representative will check that the application is complete and raise an invoice for the deposit for the fees and charges. Please allow at least 30 minutes for this check to be undertaken.

The invoice will need to be paid before the application clock is started and you may either pay direct at customer services by cash, Eftpos or credit card or use our internet banking system via our website:

Applications may be submitted by mail to:

Whangarei District Council
Private bag 9023

Applications received in this way will be subject to a check by the customer services representative who will you contact you to raise any problems and advise of the fee to be paid. 

How much will it cost?

We have a schedule of fees and charges for building consents but actual costs will vary dependent on the size and nature of the project, the number of inspections required and the quality of the supporting information supplied with the application.

Our standard practice is to calculate the fees and charges payable at the time the application is presented to us. Please bear in mind that this initial calculation is a deposit and further charges may be made if additional time is required to process the application or if extra inspections become necessary.

Follow the link below to see our Schedule of Fees and Charges.  

Fees and Charges

Contact us

If you have any doubts or questions about the application process, or wish to book a meeting with our duty building inspector, please contact one of our Customer Service Centres for help.

Council offices - locations and hours of opening


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