All building work must be carried out in accordance with the Building Act and our District Plan. This is to make sure all building work is safe and meets the building code and Resource Management Act.
Changes to the Building Act that may affect your building work. The changes apply to most residential building work or renovations.
Talk to our duty planner, or your own planning adviser about your building project to make sure it meets the requirements of the District Plan. It's best to do this before you apply for a building consent, to avoid any expensive changes to plans.
Building consents are processed within 20 working days. You need a building consent for building work as defined in the Building Act 2004, this may include:
Structural building - includes new buildings, additions, alterations, accessory buildings (sheds) and repiling
Additions or Alterations - also see minor building work
Plumbing and drainage work
Solid fuel fireplace, ventilation and air conditioning systems necessary for the functioning of the building
Alterations to specified systems for commercial buildings
Site works associated with the building
Relocation of secondhand buildings
Retaining walls higher than 1.5m
Retaining walls less than 1.5m that provide support for buildings, driveways or sloping ground
Swimming pools and large tanks
Decks that are covered
Decks that are more than 1.5m from ground level
Any building more than 10m²
Check building work that does not require a building consent(external link)
The work must be for a residential project under the value of $19,000 and be one of the following:
House repiling - of an existing dwelling. Requires ground bearing capacity test.
Minor internal alteration - removing an internal load bearing wall and replacing it with a beam. No work under this title shall include plumbing.
On-site wastewater system - repair or replace, an ‘on-site wastewater assessment’ will be required with the building consent application.
More information on wastewater systems
Solar panel - for an in dwelling hot water cylinder. A reduced fee may apply.
Minor plumbing/drainage work**
• Stormwater to kerb - accessible shower within an existing bathroom. Adding plumbing fixtures to existing kitchen, bathroom or laundry.
• Drain repair following CTV check that does not require further inspection. Applications will be charged at half the current fee for minor inspection, or if less than 6m in length no charge will apply.
Enclose an existing porch ** - area greater than 5m2 for sun room or extra living space only, not to be used for sleeping purposes. No plumbing or foundation work involved.
Repitch an existing roof ** - increase pitch using factory manufactured trusses, but not including attic type trusses and not increasing the plan area of the roof.
Roof to existing deck ** - more than 20m2 (all cases check with planning)
Proprietary conservatory ** - factory manufactured conservatories greater than 15m2 that carry their own producer statement.
Residential fence higher than 2.5 metres ** - all fences above 2m require planning consent or the adjoining neighbour’s approval
Carport ** - stand alone or attached to an existing building, that has one or more open sides and greater than 20m2
**A certificate of title is required, applications will be checked for district plan compliance.
Application form for minor building work
We have a Fast-Track Consent (FTC) service that takes 5 working days to process low risk building consents. The 5 day processing starts from the day your consent is accepted, if received before 12noon.
You must lodge your application with all the required information, documentation and fee to qualify.
If your application is incomplete, you'll be advised and your building consent will be put on hold until the requested information has been received. The application will then be processed as a normal building consent within 20 working days once the information is received. There may be additional fees to pay if the application reverts back to 20 working days to process.
Building work approved for FTC
The building work identified as being covered by FTC is non-negotiable. We endeavour to process all building consents within timeframe, but the list of FTC are the only work that meets the 5 working day criteria. FTC applies to work on a residential property only. The list of work includes:
Fire (Solid Fuel Heater) excluding ZT boxes (ZT-zero-tolerance = low clearance fire box built into a non-masonry enclosure - Solid Fuel Heating Form
Apply on a Minor Building Work application form for:
Minor internal alterations
Minor plumbing and drainage work
Drain repairs as a result of Council's infiltration tests
Enclose an existing porch
Re-pitch an existing roof
Pergola on an existing deck
New hot water cylinder
Factory manufactured conservatory - in a *reticulated residential zone, but excludes those in a flood/site caution zone.
Carport - up to 36m2, open on 3 sides and on flat land in a reticulated residential zone but excludes those in a flood/site caution zone
Apply on a Building Consent application form for:
Proprietary garage - up to 36m2 on flat land in a *reticulated residential zone with no plumbing and drainage, excludes those with a firewall and/or in a flood/site caution zone.
Proprietary garages are those from one of the national chains such as Versatile, Skyline, Ideal, Totalspan, KiwiSpan or any other that meets this criteria. The value of work must be less than $20,000.
*Reticulated means your property must be connected to Council's wastewater network - not a septic tank.
Consent fees and charges
Pamphlet - Fast-Track Building Consent [PDF, 687 KB]