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

The fees for building consent services are set out in the Building Consents Fee Schedule. All charges include GST unless otherwise stated. Some fees are fixed and other fees are not fixed. 

An additional fixed fee for scanning will be charged for hard copy applications. To avoid scanning fees and minimise application processing times we recommend you use our Online Services.

When applying for a consent the costs/charges may vary depending on the time a building consent officer or planner spends processing your consent. If you need to provide further information this could also impact on these costs and delay issuing of a consent.

You can view a list of all building consent forms and guides


Other fees

Your building or planning project may also be subject to fees for consents or services provided by other Council units.

Guide to building consent fees and charges

These figures represent processing charges for the year ending 30th June 2016, which also include levies collected for Building Research & Building (MBIE). They should be seen as a guide only to likely fees. Please click on the above heading to view in more detail.

Type Estimated project value # of Sample Consents Average total consent fees (inc. GST) Highest* total consent fees (inc. GST)
Residential accessory building (habitable)
Sleepouts etc.

1. $0 to $19,999

2. $20,000 to $100,000

3. Over $100,000 to $299,999

4. Over $300,000 to $499,999
 
5. Over $500,000

Sample too small

21

Sample too small

No consents received

No consents received

-

$4,266

-

-
 
-

-

$5,542

-

-
 
-

Residential accessory building (non-habitable)
Garages, Carports etc.

1. $0 to $19,999

2. $20,000 to $100,000

3. Over $100,000 to $299,999

4. Over $300,000 to $499,999
 
5. Over $500,000

30

134

25

Sample too small

No consents received

$2,758

$3,394

$4,968

-

-

$4,555

$6,923

$8,908

-

-

Residential dwelling detached

1. $0 to $19,999

2. $20,000 to $100,000

3. Over $100,000 to $299,999

4. Over $300,000 to $499,999

5. Over $500,000

Sample too small

19

625

901

480

-

$4,829

$6,160

$6,830

$9,869

-

$7,207

$13,316

$12,892

$21,864

Residential external alterations and additions

1. $0 to $19,999

2. $20,000 to $100,000

3. Over $100,000 to $299,999

4. Over $300,000 to $499,999

5. Over $500,000

109

501

387

125

71

$2,867

$3,776

$5,037

$5,889

$7,463

$6,290

$8,733

$11,205

$12,065

$13,855

Residential internal alterations only

1. $0 to $19,999

2. $20,000 to $100,000

3. Over $100,000 to $299,999

4. Over $300,000 to $499,999
 
5. Over $500,000

51

30

Sample too small

No consents received

No consents received

$2,244

$2,587

-

-
 
-

$4,250

$3,690

-

-
 
-

Residential multi-unit dwelling

1. $0 to $19,999
     
2. $20,000 to $100,000
   
3. Over $100,000 to $499,999

4. Over $500,000 to $999,999

5. Over $1,000,000

Sample too small

Sample too small
  
105

123

103

-
 
 -

$7,580

$11,059

$26,694

-
 
 -

$15,290

$25,640

$132,745

Residential plumbing and drainage

1. $0 to $19,999

2. $20,000 to $100,000

3. Over $100,000 to $299,999
 
4. Over $300,000 to $499,999
 
5. Over $500,000

34

7

Sample too small

No consents received

No consents received

$2,084

$5,012

-
 
-
 
-

$3,747

$8,644

-
 
-
 
-

Note:
* 'Sample too small' is when there are six or less building consents in the last financial year
 
* The highest value is the average of the three highest invoiced values.  Consents will cost more when:   

  • there are more requests for information (RFI's);
  • the value of the building work is higher;
  • the land is TC3 category;
  • the building is on a hill site;
  • the land has natural hazardous conditions (e.g. flood management area, rockfall, etc.);
  • the consent contains more than one building (e.g.an outbuilding, family flat etc.);
  • due to the complexity of the build, additional inspections may be required;
  • the consent requires specialist review (e.g. structural, geo-tech or fire engineer, etc);
  • the consent is for a 'multi-unit' building; and
  • the design is more complex (e.g. multiple storey's, more than two claddings, featuring alternative solutions, etc.).

Disclaimer:  The Christchurch City Council is not able to provide you at lodgement of your application with the total consent fee for your project.  This fee is finalised only at the end of your project.  Therefore, the information provided in this Guide is intended for your general use and information purposes only.  The fees shown are from all building consent fees charged within the 2015/16 financial year for different project categories and project value ranges.  The highest fee charged for a project category is indicative only.  The Christchurch City Council accepts no liability for your reliance on this Guide.

Paying by internet banking

You can use internet banking to pay building consent fees. Payments are credited to our account on the next business day.

Bank: Bank of New Zealand
Account Name: Christchurch City Council
Account Number: 02 0800 0044765 03

To avoid processing delays, make sure you include all of the following fields in the payment details:

Particulars/Code/Reference: (please refer to your invoice for these details)


Pay over the phone (24 hours a day)

You can pay over the phone using any major credit card. Call the Customer Call Centre on 0800 800 169

If you are worried about your payments or think you might miss a payment, talk to us, we can help.