Building consents

Everything you need to know about Building Consents - how they work, when you need one, and how to apply for one. If you are planning to build, carry out alterations or renovate your home or business, this is the place to start.

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All building work in New Zealand must comply with the Building Code, even if it doesn’t require a building consent. This ensures buildings are safe, healthy and durable for everyone who may use them.

Plans and specifications are assessed by the Council, which is also a building consent authority (BCA), to ensure the proposed building work will comply with the Building Code. When the Council is satisfied that the proposal will comply, we'll issue a building consent for the work to proceed. During construction we'll inspect the work to make sure that it's being built to the consented plans; when everything finished, we'll issue a Code Compliance Certificate, which confirms the requirements of the Building Code have been met.

There's a lot to learn - do you need a consent? What does a consent application need, and how do you apply? How long will it take, and how much will it cost? Find out here.

Before you apply, you're welcome to come and talk to us.

Ready? Time to put together your documentation and apply.

Learn about the inspections that will be carried out on your building project, and how you can apply for your final Code Compliance Certificate when everything's finished.

You can find out the status and situation with any building consent, as well as its inspections, here.

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