Signs may require a resource consent or building consent.

Planning approval

Signs require resource consent if they do not comply with the rules in Chapter 6.8 of the District Plan(external link).

If you have any questions or would like more information please email our Duty Planner at who will be able to clarify your situation and advise if a resource consent is likely to be required.

Building approval

Signs do not require building consent where the design is carried out or reviewed by a chartered professional engineer (CPEng).

Refer to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)(external link) for guidance on building work that does not require a building consent. See clauses 25 and 39, Schedule 1, Building Act(external link) for what the law says.

Signs and the support of signs must comply with the building code, even if a building consent is not required.

Formal building approval is not required for that the building work in connection with a sign where:

  • No face of the sign exceeds 6 square metres in surface area and the top of the sign does not exceed 3 metres from the supporting ground; or
  • The sign and any supporting structure of the sign are designed by a chartered professional engineer

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