Before you start your building project, visit www.building.govt.nz. It has all the information you need to make sure that buildings that are safe, healthy and durable. You will also find more useful links at the end of this page.
Check if you need a building consent and see if your planned work is exempt: building work consent not required. If your proposed work is not exempt then you will need to apply for a building consent.
If you’re not sure phone us on (04) 237 5089 to book a pre lodgement appointment and bring your application documents and plans with you. For commercial building work we recommend booking in for a pre lodgement meeting.
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Porirua City Council now have building consents applications available online:
When you are ready you follow the link and create an account. This is an email verified account so is simple to do. You have the choice of signing into it as an individual or an organisation. The organisation option allows you to have your work notifications going through that account and personal ones through a personal email.
Help tips are located throughout the application, simply hover over the question mark icons to find useful links and descriptions.
You can save your application at any stage and you are able share your application with other users such as your architect or builder.
All documents need to be submitted in pdf format. Don’t lock or password protect your pdf files. Zipped files are not able to be uploaded.
The documents need to be collated into the below categories. If you are unable to manipulate pdfs from the software you are using, try searching Google. There are many cheap or free pdf printing tools that can be downloaded to assist you.
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There are a number of check sheets available to assist with preparing your application which you can download and include with your supporting documents.
Commercial property? More information on Commercial consents can be located here
Submitting a good quality consent application can be a complicated process, so consider getting help from a professional. Use the forms and guides for your type of building work and make sure to include the relevant checksheet with your application.
Check the advice about preparing quality drawings for help with your plans.
We need one copy of your application and originals of all drawings, specifications and supporting documents.
You can apply for a project information memorandum (PIM) using the Application for Building Consent form.
Producer statements are only accepted from registered chartered professional engineers. Professional opinions, design and construction statements may be accepted. Opinions and statements need to be dated and clearly specify information such as: (1) the scope of work that they cover and any limitations; (2) where they relate to; (3) the author’s name/signature and any qualification or registration details. Acceptance of opinions and statements is on a case-by-case basis, so please contact us to discuss.
Paper application? UseApplication for Building Consent Form 250
For a better customer experience, use the customer portal to lodge your building consent
There are a number of checksheets available to assist with preparing your application. Complete the relevant checksheets and include it with your application.
‘Restricted building work’ is work that’s critical to make a home structurally sound and weathertight. You must use Licensed Building Practitioners (LBPs) to design and carry out this work. Below are a number of useful forms and links. Find out more restricted building work
Building consent charges depends on the type of application, cost of work involved and the level of detail provided. We will not issue a consent until all fees and levies are paid. Charges are based on the length of time it takes to process an application and include costs such as:
👉 Download the 2020/21 fee list here.
We no longer require a deposit with your application. An invoice will be generated once your building consent has been processed. We will send request for payment directly to your nominated payer. Once paid we will issue your building consent. Please be aware if you withdraw your application you will be charged for the Officers time and a cancellation administration fee.
Unsure if you are ready to submit your application? Phone our Customer Services Centre on (04) 237 5089 to make an appointment for a pre-lodgement meeting. They will take your details for one of our building team.
We will contact you prior to meeting, as often we are able to resolve any questions over the phone. If your project is more complex, the caller will book your appointment with you immediately.
Use our online portal for all building related applications
Once your application has been submitted a Building Compliance Officer (BCO) will vet it for completeness and accept it.
Alternatively you can drop or post your building consent to:
Customer Services Centre
16 Cobham Court
PO Box 50218
Your application takes up to 20 working days to process.
We’ll contact you if we need more information to process your application, and pause the 20-day clock. The clock will restart when we receive a complete response to our request. Find out about requests for information.
To grant a building consent, we must be satisfied on reasonable grounds that the provisions of the Building Code would be met if the building work were properly completed in accordance with the plans and specifications that accompanied the application. We are not required to grant a consent until all fees and levies are paid.
When we are satisfied on reasonable grounds that your proposal/application meets the requirements of the Building Act 2004 and Building Code, your building consent will be granted. All fees must be paid prior to issuing your building consent. The approved consent pack will include the stamped plans, specifications and supporting documents.
We’ll tell you about any restrictions or requirements associated with the consent.
Consent conditions and advice notes
All consents are issued with the condition that agents authorised by the building consent authority can inspect the building work (during normal working hours). Other conditions can be added for:
If your project also requires a resource consent, the building consent may be issued with a notice that work is not to start until the resource consent is also issued.
We will do a check of all applications for a building consent to see if the proposed project meets District Plan requirements.
We check for compliance with bylaws and other legislation for items such as vehicle access, connections to reticulated services (water, sewer and stormwater) and, in the case of commercial premises, matters such as food licences, alcohol licensing and trade waste.
We’ll also check easements and consent notices that are recorded on the Record of Title. Interests registered on titles, such as covenants, easements and consent notices, generally list restrictions that pertain to a property that may impact on design. We strongly suggest that designers obtain and check these documents so that any relevant information can be incorporated into the design.
New vehicle access – Any building which requires a new vehicle access must be approved by us. A detailed plan showing the location of the proposed access will need to be supplied with your application.
What about a resource consent? Some proposals require a land use resource consent. If you are unsure if your proposal requires a resource consent, you can discuss the details with our Resource Consents planners first.
Some applications are required by law to be sent to the Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) for review.
Applications required to be reviewed by FENZ are:
Once your consent has been issued you have 12 months to start your building work and you should aim to finish the work and apply for a code compliance certificate within two years from the date the building consent was granted. It is a legal requirement for council to make a decision on whether to grant or refuse Code Compliance Certificate after two years from the time of granting the consent.
We’ll tell you what inspections are required during the project. Ensure you have read the inspection requirements and are familiar with them before commencing work. Missed inspections may mean that a code compliance certificate cannot be issued.
When you have completed your building work you need to apply for a code compliance certificate.
The application fee for the code compliance certificate is included in your building consent deposit however before it is issued we will review your account to include any additional inspection fees, amendments, developer contributions etc.
This will be reconciled with your earlier payments and we will either send an invoice which must be paid prior to it being issued or if no further payments are required, or a refund is due, the refund will be actioned and your code compliance certificate will be issued.
Use the customer portal to lodge your Code Compliance Certificate application
More information on Commercial building consents can be located here
A Certificate for Public Use allows premises affected by building work to be used by the public.
It is an offence to allow the public use or occupation of a building if a building consent is required for work or code compliance certificate for consented work has not been obtained.
Despite this a building (or part of a building) may be used or occupied by the public if a certificate for public use has been issued. We have 20 working days to decide if the certificate can be issued.
Note: this form is for paper hard copy applications only. You can apply for a certificate for public use via the customer portal.