​​​​​Building Consent

​​​​​​​​​​​​A building consent is the formal approval issued by Council (as the Building Consent Authority) that ensures building work meets the requirements of the New Zealand Building Act, Building Regulations and 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.

Page reviewed: 10 Jun 2016 11:38am