Building consents

The Christchurch City Council is responsible for issuing building consents within Christchurch and Banks Peninsula.

A building consent is a formal approval to undertake building work in accordance with approved plans and specifications. A building consent establishes that your planned building work complies with the Building Act 2004 and the building code. We also undertake inspections during construction, issue code compliance certificates, issue notices to fix, provide project information memoranda (PIM), and land information memoranda (LIM).

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Building Consent Authority customer complaints policy

The processes and procedures for submitting queries, concerns or complaints about our building control functions.

Building consent forms and guides

Building consent forms and guides

Forms and guides for building consents applications, building inspections, Building Act compliance and more.

Fees and charges building consents

Fees and charges - building consents

Information about fees and charges for building consent services and paying for them.

Owners Guide

Owner's guidance

Every project is different, but you still need to tick off essential stages to make it a success.

Innovation precint

Building consent authority accreditation

Information about the Council being recognised as an accredited building consent authority (BCA) and what this means when we process and issue your building consent.


Building location certificates

Every building consent involving new structures needs confirmation of the location. The scope will vary depending on the complexity of work.