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) guidance on building work(external link) that is automatically exempt under the Building Act, in particular, exemption numbers 39 and 25.

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 is designed by a chartered professional engineer

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