All building work must be carried out in accordance with the Building Act and Gisborne District Council's District Plan. This is to make sure that all building work is safe and meets the building code and Resource Management Act.
Note : There are some changes to the Building Act that may affect your building work. The changes apply to most residential building work or renovations.
You can talk to our duty planner, or your own planning adviser about your building project to make sure it will meet 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:
Apply for the following work on a Minor Building Consent application. Work must be under the value of $19,000 and be one of the following:
Any other minor building work may only be accepted under a minor building consent at the discretion of our building services manager.
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.
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:
*Reticulated means your property must be connected to Council's wastewater network - not a septic tank.
Pamphlet - Fast-Track Building Consent [PDF, 693 KB]