Before you build

At the Council we recognise that working with you is vital for a successful building project. We are here to help – resources on these pages will help you plan your building project.

Building consent process

Steps you need to carry out in the building consent process to successfully complete your building project and have it certified.

Do you need a building consent?

We explain, before you start any building project, why it’s best to check if you will need a building consent and what's involved.

Pre-application meeting

A pre-application meeting is an opportunity for you to discuss your proposed building project with Council staff and prepare your consent application.

Project information memorandum (PIMs)

A PIM is a report issued by the Council that contains information known to the Council about your property and may be relevant to your building proposal.

Partnership approvals service

Christchurch City Council offers a service to help developers with all aspects of approvals required for their projects.

Sustainability free advice

Learn how to make your building or renovation more eco-friendly. Book a free two-hour consultation with the Council's specialist Eco Design Advisor.