A pre-application meeting is an opportunity for you to discuss your proposed project with Council staff.
Pre-application meetings are available for projects requiring building consents or resource consents. A building consent establishes that your proposed building work complies with Building Act 2004 and the building code.
A building consent is separate to a resource consent, which is formal approval under the Resource Management Act 1991 that is required when a proposed building or activity does not comply with all the relevant rules in the Christchurch District Plan. You may need one or both types of consents for your proposal.
Discussions with us before you lodge your application can be especially helpful before or at the design stage for the following types of projects:
- Commercial (including non-residential activities within or adjoining living zones)
- Complex building issues
- Port Hills
- Large scale or complex subdivisions
- Change of use (e.g. residential home into a shop)
- Staged building consents.
Pre-application meetings are confidential and information about these meetings cannot be disclosed to other parties.