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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: 6/03/2014 1:22 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.   

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.

Building Consent Application Form [3.5mb]

Building Consent Application Guidance Notes [119kb]

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.

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 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.

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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