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Building Consents

All building work must be carried out in accordance with the Building Code and the Council's District Plan whether or not it is exempt from a building consent.

Additional to this, resource consent may be required. If you are unsure whether resource consent is required or if any specific requirements of the District Plan are required to be met please contact the Planning Department.

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Building consent means a consent to carry out building work granted by a Building Consent Authority under section 49 of the Building Act 2004.

Building Consents Officer
+64 6 834 4175

Building Consents Officer (Plumbing and Drainage)
+64 6 834 4179

When is a Building Consent required?

A building consent is required for most building work.

  • Additions/Alterations (Contact a Building Consents Officer with reference to minor alteration work.)
  • Structural building (including new buildings)
  • Plumbing work
  • Drainage work
  • Installation or modification of a specified system (e.g. fire alarms, automatic doors, emergency lighting, automatic backflow preventers, lifts, mechanical ventilation etc)
  • Siteworks associated with the building
  • Demolition
  • Relocation of secondhand buildings


A deposit is required at the time of application. Consents fees are charged on an actual and reasonable basis. As your application is processed charges are accrued. Then the inspections required are scheduled and charges added for these. Depending on the value of work, there may be Government levies. When the consent is approved you will receive an invoice for any outstanding building consent fees by mail. The building consent cannot be uplifted until the invoice is paid.

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Consent Approved

Stamped & approved plans must be kept on site.

Together with your application, you are required to submit two sets of documents. One set will be returned to you with your consent. These documents will be stamped with the NCC stamp and must be kept on site at all times and are to be made available to the inspecting Officer upon request.

If work is not commenced within 12 months

Your consent becomes 'issued' on the date you collect it. Building work must commence within 12 months of this date or your consent will lapse and no longer be valid. It is Council practice to send a reminder letter out 2 months prior to the end of the 12 month period and it should be noted that you may apply to the Council for an extension of time to commence the work.

What happens after the Building Consent has been issued?

Included in the documents uplifted when the Building Consent has been issued is an "Inspection Sheet" indicating the type of inspections required and a record of the inspection and the outcome will be noted on this sheet. It is the responsibility of the tradespeople to ensure that the required inspections are booked at the appropriate stage in the building process. Inspections are to be booked by phone with a minimum of 24 hours notice for an inspection. It is not possible to give a specific time for inspections so if nobody is going to be on site please ensure the consent documents are left on site where the inspecting Officer can easily find them. It is essential that these inspections are carried out so that the inspecting Officer can be satisfied when issuing the Code Compliance Certificate that the building work that has been carried out complies with the consent documents. Note: The inspecting Officer may refuse to carry out the inspection if the site is deemed to be unsafe including lack of provision for access to off ground areas.

Non compliant work

If non compliant work is discovered during an inspection a site notice may be issued or if it is a serious breach then a Notice to Fix may be issued requiring all work to stop or a conditional continuation of work until the non compliance is resolved.

Amendments to consent documents

If changes are to be made to the consent documents an amendment to the consent will be required. Minor variations do not require an amendment application and may be granted in writing without formal amendment of the building consent. In all other cases an amendment application must be made as if it were an application for a building consent. The Building Act 2004 requires Council to process amendment applications (if not suspended for further information) within 20 working days.

Amendment application forms are available from the Planning Department offices located on the 2nd floor, Library Building at 231 Hastings Street or they can be downloaded from the Documents Section below.

A deposit is required when your application is lodged at the Planning Department. The full fee will be charged at the time of issue and this fee will be calculated on the actual time spent in processing the application.

Certificates for Public Use (Commercial/Industrial only)

If a building consent has been granted but no Code Compliance Certificate has been issued Council may issue a Certificate for Public Use for the premises or part thereof if it is satisfied on reasonable grounds that members of the public can use the premises safely. The provision of the certificate does not relieve the owner from applying for a Code Compliance Certificate when the building work is complete. The Building Act 2004 requires Council to process Certificate for Public Use applications (if not suspended for further information) within 20 working days.

Certificate for Public Use application forms are available from the Planning Department offices located on the 2nd floor, Library Building at 231 Hastings Street or they can be downloaded from the Documents Section below.

A deposit is required when your application is lodged at the Planning Department. The full fee will be charged at the time of issue and this fee will be calculated on the actual time spent in processing the application.

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