Building consents

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

4 December 2023 update

The information below is updated at the beginning of the week and is accurate as of that time.

Current wait times

Our current wait times to start processing a consent application are:

  • Residential: All applications within 15 working days. 
  • Commercial: All applications within five working days. 

For November 2023, we processed applications (including amendments) within 20 working days:

  • Residential: 65.9% 
  • Commercial: 57.5% 

Please note: The vetting of applications is also experiencing delays. We are currently picking up applications to vet on day five.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.

What we're doing

  • Offering overtime to our staff.
  • Upskilling our current staff in order to process higher complexity applications.
  • Continuing to use contractors to process applications.
  • We are continuing to investigate other initiatives to help get us through the amount of work in front of us.

What you can do to help

  • Where possible, get relevant approvals from other areas of the Council, such as resource consent and three waters, before applying for building consent.
  • Please make sure you complete all fields and provide the required supporting documents when completing your application.

In response to a request for information (RFI):

  • Include a list of the changes you have made.
  • Include only the relevant pages.
  • Mark all changes with a cloud for easy identification.

Find out more

You can apply for building consent online. For advice prior to applying for building consent contact

For more information about inspections, or to book, please phone our Inspections Support Team on 03 941 8222 or 0800 800 169.

A building consent is a formal approval to undertake building work in accordance with approved plans and specifications. It establishes that your proposed building work complies with the building code and after we have issued the building consent, we undertake inspections during construction and issue a code compliance certificate when the building work is all completed.