Guidance for gaining building consent if your project includes: a single stand-alone dwelling; an accessory building such as a garage, car port, gazebo or shed; a deck or retaining wall.
Do you need consent?
Most structural and significant building work requires building consent. Some exemptions apply for low-risk, minor work, or work that is carried out or supervised by qualified professionals. Schedule 1 of the Building Act sets out a detailed list of work that is exempt from requiring a building consent. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has a guide on work that does not require building consent.
Even if it is exempt, all work must be carried out in accordance with the building code and other relevant legislation.
Sometimes you may not need a building consent but may be required to get a resource consent.
You may also need to fill out other forms to show us what you’re doing as specified on the application form or check sheet.
See Applying for building consent for information on how to complete and submit your application.
Refer to the Building Consents Fee Schedule.
Section 72 of the Building Act 2004 is concerned with building on land which is subject to a range of natural hazards, such as flooding, slippage, erosion. There are difficulties in building on such hazardous land for both the owner and the Council. Refer to Building on land subject to a hazard for more information.
The following documents contain information that may help you to prepare your application: