​​​​​Building Consent

A building consent is Council approval (acting as the Building Consent Authority) for you to carry out building work at a specified site. It will guarantee that the work detailed in the consent is compliant with the New Zealand Building Code.​ Most building work requires a building consent, but some minor building work is exempt under the Act.​ Here are some examples of work that requires a consent:

  • any structural building including new buildings, additions, alterations, accessory buildings (sheds), and re-piling
  • plumbing and drainage
  • heating (fireplaces), ventilation and air conditioning systems
  • siteworks for a building
  • retaining walls higher than 1.5 metres, or retaining walls with a building or driveway near the top
  • fences higher than 2.5 metres and any swimming pool fence
  • swimming pools
  • decks more than 1.5 metres from ground level.

Building perfo​rmance website​ has more information about building consents and how to make an applicatio​n.

Building CodeHub helps you to access what you need to design and construct buildings that comply with the Building Code. 

Building-related Standards on the Standards New Zealand website has the Standards and further information.

Five commonly used building Standards and a handbook are now free to download from the Standards New Zealand​ website.

Page reviewed: 19 Dec 2017 11:59am