Signs may require a resource consent or building consent.

Planning approval

Signs on your property may require a resource consent where the signage does not comply with the City PlanAny queries please contact us and ask to speak with the Duty Planner who will be able to clarify your situation and advise if a resource consent is required.


Building approval

Most signs do not require building consent, especially where there is a chartered professional engineer (CPEng) involved.

Please refer to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) guidance on building work that is automatically exempt under the Building Act, in particular exemption number 39.

Where signs are part of a building or are a building in their own right, they must comply with building code, even if a building consent is not required.

Formal building approval is not required for signs that:

  • Are fixed flush to a wall and do not project more than 300mm from the wall
  • Are painted directly on to a building.

An application for an exemption from a building consent is required for small signs which are less than two square metres in face area and,  if free standing, are less than four metres from the ground to the top of the sign. Signs which exceed this criteria will require a building consent application.