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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.

All Building Consent applications at Napier City Council are now lodged online. To apply for a Building Consent please go to the Submit It section on the home page or follow the link below:

Apply for Building Consent Online

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 (Building, Plumbing and Drainage)
+64 6 835 7579

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


Consents fees are charged on an actual and reasonable basis. Charges are accrued as your application is processed, fees for scheduled inspections are added and depending on the value of work, there may be Government levies. When the consent is approved you will receive an invoice for any accrued building consent fees and charges by email. The building consent cannot be provided until the invoice is paid.

View Building Consent Fees & Charges

Consent Approved

Stamped & approved plans must be kept on site.

Once approved it is your responsibility to print a full set of stamped approved building consent documents and these 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

Building work must commence within 12 months of the date of issue or your consent will lapse and no longer be valid. It is Council practice to send a reminder letter out 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?

It is the responsibility of the owner to ensure that the required inspections are booked at the appropriate stage in the building process. Inspections require a minimum of 24 hours notice. 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 will 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 applications are to be made online under Submit It and will be charged based on the actual time spent processing the amendment 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 Napier City Council Customer Service Centre, Dunvegan House, 215 Hastings Street, or they can be downloaded from the Documents Section below.

Certificate for Public Use applications will be charged based on the actual time spent processing the application.

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