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Processing a Building Consent

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This page contains information about the building consent process and explanation of the stages involved.
Updated: 23/04/2019 11:04 a.m.

There are five stages involved in receiving and processing applications for building consents.

Stage 1 - Vetting 

Providing a high standard of documentation is the best way to get the go ahead for your consent and avoid delays.

Your application will undergo a vetting process prior to acceptance that will assess both the completeness of the documentation and the technical content of plans and specifications provided.

If required documentation is not included or contains errors or omissions the application will not be accepted and you will be advised of the reasons why.

The Notes of Guidance and the Building Consent Application Form contain details of Council’s documentation requirements for applications for Building Consent.

Please refer to these as you compile your application and make sure that you have included all required information before attempting to submit it.

If the application is accepted, initial fees will be calculated in accordance with Council’s schedule of fees and charges, an invoice raised and the ‘assessment clock’ will be started.

Please note that payment of the initial fee is required at the time the application is accepted.

The initial fee is a deposit based on an assessment of the complexity of the project, the quality of plans and specifications provided and the number of inspections likely to be required.

Further charges may be incurred if additional time is required to process the application or if extra inspections are carried out through the construction process.

Stage 2 - Planning assessment

Your application will be assessed to determine whether:

  • the proposal meets the requirements of the District Plan
  • any notifications are required under the Building Act, or
  • there are Development Contributions to pay.  

If you have applied for a Project Information Memorandum (PIM) this will be issued along with copies of any engineering reports or other documentation we hold that may affect your project.

If you have not applied for a PIM, you will receive a letter advising of any such issues or concerns. A fee will be charged for this service.

Stage 3 - Technical processing

A building officer will assess the technical details of the project to ensure that the requirements of the New Zealand Building Code are being met.

At this stage the Council inspections and any third party verifications that will be required during the construction  phase of your project will be nominated by the Building Officer. These will allow our building inspectors to confirm compliance with the building code at the end of the project. This information will be entered onto the 'Schedule of Site Requirements' that will be included in your consent pack.

During processing of your application, the clock stops if we need to ask you for further information.

The request for further information will be in writing to you. Please respond quickly with accurate information to avoid delay. Once the full information is provided the clock will be started again.

Follow the links below to see the technical processing sheets used by our building officers. You can use them as a guide when preparing your application. All documents open in a new window.

Technical Processing Sheet (residential) [368kb]

Technical Processing Sheet (commercial) [394kb]

Schedule of Site Requirements [68kb]

MultiProof consents

If your application is for a MultiProof Consent under the Building Amendment Act 2009, it will be assessed for compliance with the New Zealand Building Code only for those items not covered by the MultiProof Certificate.  Typically, these will be site specific items such as foundations, plumbing and drainage.

For items covered by the MultiProof Certificate, the Consent Processors will confirm that the project is generally in accordance with the current certificate and no further assessment will be undertaken.

Further information on MultiProof can be found on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website by following the link below.

National Multiple Use Approval (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website)

Stage 4 - Granting

Once the building officer is satisfied on reasonable grounds that the project will meet the requirements of the Building Code, if carried out in accordance with the submitted plans and specifications, the application will be granted.

It is an offence under the Building Act to carry out building work without a building consent being granted. Doing so may result in a Notice to Fix being issued, an infringement fee or prosecution.

Stage 5 - Issuing

In issuing your Building Consent:

  • the building consent documentation is prepared 
  • any required notifications are drawn up, and 
  • any additional fees for processing calculated and charged.

The building consent is a legal document and you will be required to make sure that all work is undertaken in accordance with the plans and specifications that have been approved.

Please check the details thoroughly and notify us immediately if anything appears to be amiss.

The consent pack will include a copy of the plans and specifications stamped 'approved' by Council.

Also included is list of inspections on the 'Schedule of Site Requirements' document which also details any other documentation required as the project progresses.

Please make sure that you comply with the requirements of this schedule to avoid difficulties later in the project. Inspections can be booked by telephoning +64 9 430 4224.

You will need:

  • your Building Consent number,
  • location of the project and,
  • if restricted building work is involved, the name and registration number of the Licensed Building Practitioner who undertook the work.

Fees for building consents

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.

Initial fees are calculated and payable at the time of application. The calculation is a deposit and further charges may be incurred if additional time is required to process the application or if extra inspections are carried out through the building process.

Additional fees for the processing of an application will be invoiced when granting the building consent. Fees for inspections carried out, additional to those paid for at the time of application, will be invoiced and must be paid before Code Compliance Certificate will be issued.

Follow the links below to see our Schedule of Fees and Charges or the Building Fees Calculator.  

Please be aware that there may be additional charges for the processing of this application, click on the link below:

Acceptance of Fees for Building Consent [40kb]

Contact us

Please contact any of our Customer Service Centres for help with applying for a building consent or with questions about fees and charges.

For any technical enquiries please contact the duty building officer.


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