Building consents

No matter how big your project is – whether it involves renovating a multi-storey building or building a shed – you may need to apply for a building consent and/or a resource consent.

Apply for a building consent

Before you start your building project, visit www.building.govt.nz.  It has all the information you need to build homes and buildings that are safe, healthy and durable. You will also find more useful links at the end of this page.

1. Find out if you need a building consent

If your proposed work is not exempt, apply for a building consent.   

If you’re not sure, we will probably need to see your plans before we can advise you. Please phone us on (04) 237 5089 to make an appointment and bring your plans and forms with you.

Where we identify that the land on which the work is proposed is subject to natural hazards, we will consider if the work is major or minor and what effect the work will have on the hazard. Depending on the circumstances, the consent could be refused, granted subject to a condition that a natural hazard notification is placed on the title (this will incur additional fees), or no additional action may be necessary. 

We’ll discuss with you the refusal or notification process if this relates to your project.

If you intend to change the use of a building, extend its life, or subdivide it, you may need to seek professional help with your application.  You can also come and speak to us about the type of information you may need to supply.  

The relevant sections of the Building Act are: 

If you’re not familiar with building plans and establishing compliance with the Building Code, you may need to engage a design professional to supply plans, drawings and information to the required standard. 

We’re sorry but we cannot accept incomplete applications.

You must supply the make, model and year of manufacture and a copy of the manufacturer’s installation instructions.  You must also supply a complete floor plan of the building indicating where the appliance is to be fitted and showing the location of the smoke detectors. You'll also need to show evidence that the fireplace complies with the emissions regulations from the Ministry for the Environment

Cable cars are the only specified system relevant to a single household unit. Other buildings may have specified systems such as sprinkler systems, fire alarms, passenger lifts, ventilation systems and back flow protection. The compliance schedule handbook provides guidance on specified systems, compliance schedules and the building warrant of fitness regime.

When an application includes the installation or alteration of specified systems, an application package must include the proposed inspection maintenance and reporting procedures for them. The application form contains fields that need to be completed about this.

MultiProofs are issued by the National Multiple-Use Approval Service of the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment. A multiproof is a statement by the Ministry that a specific set of building plans and specifications complies with the New Zealand Building Code. 

A MultiProof is not, and does not replace, a building consent. The holder of a MultiProof must obtain a building consent each time they wish to construct the design to which the MultiProof relates. We will only need to assess the Building Code compliance of site-specific features that are excluded from the MultiProof.  We have 10 days to issue a MultiProof consent.

2. Before you apply

Commercial applications

We recommend you bring the team in for a pre-lodgement meeting.

E-mail enquiries@poriruacity.govt.nz or phone us on (04) 237 5089 to make an appointment.

Other information required

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.  

RAPID Number - Each new dwelling within the rural area is required to have a number at the gate similar to street numbers in a town.  This is essential and particularly helpful in emergencies.  

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.

Other things to consider

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 Certificate 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.

3. Application packs

Use the forms and guides for your type of building work. Make sure you include the relevant checksheet with your application which has all the information you need.

  • Check the advice about preparing quality drawings for help with your plans. 
  • We need two copies 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.

4. Pay your deposit

A deposit is payable when the application is lodged. This will be set against the final cost for processing the application. 

You can pay by cash, cheque, eftpos or internet banking. 

Minimum inspection costs are included in your building consent fee. If additional inspections are required, we may add these charges before your code compliance certificate can be issued.

You can assist in keeping delays and costs to a minimum by:

  • checking building, planning, water and drainage requirements with Council early in your project planning process.
  • ensuring your application has all the information and supporting certificates and/or other documentation required.
  • lodging all Building and Resource Consent applications for the same project together.
  • responding promptly to Council requests for further information.

Fees apply from 1 July 2018.  All charges include GST.

Building consent charges

Building consent charges depends on the type of application, cost of work involved and the level of detail provided.  Charges are based on the length of time it takes to process an application and include costs such as:

  • levies payable to the Ministry of Business innovation and Employment (payable on all applications $20,444 or more); (Building Levy Order gst inclusive)
  • levies payable to BRANZ (payable on all applications $20,000 or more);
  • time spent processing the application;
  • inspections (type and number vary depending on application);
  • issue of code compliance certificate (CCC);
  • issue of compliance schedule (if applicable);
  • development contribution (if applicable);
  • vehicle crossing; and
  • water meter connection (if applicable).

Fees will be calculated at the time the application is received.  All fees are required to be paid with the application.  A cancellation fee may apply if you withdraw your application.

We may charge additional fees for processing time where an unreasonable amount of time has had to be spent processing the consent or for additional inspections. 

Detached Amount to pay when you apply
Single storey $1,454.90
Two/three storey $1,775.70
Relocated dwelling $807.50
Multiple dwellings / apartments in one block
Work valued <$200,000 $1,857.10
Work valued >$200,000 and <$350,000 $2,179.50
Work valued >$350,000 and <$500,000 $2,341.20
Work valued >$500,000 and <$1,000,000 $2,341.20
Work valued >$1,000,000+ $2,341.70
+ $230 for each $500,000 + $237.00 for each $500,000
Additions Amount to pay when you apply
Single storey $1,373.00
Two storey $1,696.40
Relocated dwelling $807.50
Alterations
Work valued <$5,000 $807.50
Work valued >$5,000 and <$10,000 $1,212.30
Work valued >$10,000 and <$20,000 $1,454.90
Work valued >$20,000 $1,613.00

Alterations do not include charges for plumbing/drainage. See minor residential works.

Amount to pay when you apply
Solid fuel heater $404.30
Plumbing $322.40
Plumbing / drainage $404.30
Swimming pools, spa pool fencing, decks $244.10
Retaining walls $727.20
Sheds / carports $727.20

If a heating unit such as a wood burner will be used as a wetback, or extra building or plumbing work is needed, the set charge for a solid fuel heater doesn’t apply.

Farm buildings Amount to pay when you apply
Work valued <$20,000 $727.20
Work valued >$20,000+ $889.90
Domestic garages Amount to pay when you apply
Work valued <$10,000 $727.20
Work valued >$10,000+ $889.90
New build Amount to pay when you apply
Work valued <$25,000 $1,129.90
Work valued >$25,000 and <$50,000 $1,373.00
Work valued >$50,000 and <$75,000 $1,534.70
Work valued >$75,000 and <$100,000 $1,775.70
Work valued >$100,000 and <$250,000 $2,100.20
Work valued >$250,000 and <$500,000 $2,420.50
Work valued >$500,000 and <$1,000,000 $2,746.00
Work valued >$1,000,000 $2,746.00
+ $304 for each $500,000
Alterations and additions Amount to pay when you apply
Work valued <$10,000 $807.50
Work valued >$10,000 and <$25,000 $968.20
Work valued >$25,000 and <$50,000 $1,292.70
Work valued >$50,000 and <$100,000 $1,613.50
Work valued >$100,000 $1,613.50
+ $237 for each $50,000
Building compliance
Notice to fix $163.30
Fire Service review Cost + 10%
Structural / Fire engineering / Other consultation review Cost + 10%
Certificate of acceptance $434.70
Application for amendment per hour or part hour $163.30
Certificate of public use – existing building $434.70
Additional or follow-up inspections/actions for building compliance per hour or part hour $163.30
Time extension $82.90
Application for code compliance certificate (residential new buildings and commercial building works) $371.30
Application for code compliance certificate (accessory buildings/alterations and works under $100,000) (not including minor works under $20,000) $233.30
Building warrant of fitness annual review / Issue compliance schedule $244.10
Amendment to compliance schedule per hour or part hour $163.30
Inspection for compliance schedule / building warrant of fitness audit $159.10
Lapse, withdrawal or cancellation of building consent (after it’s been issued) $163.30
Isolated assessments/reports
Demolition $368.70
Producer statements – assessment $163.30
per hour or part hour
Drainage and insanitary notice $163.30
per hour or part hour
Dangerous buildings notice $163.30
per hour or part hour
Alternative solutions $163.30
per hour or part hour
Waivers $244.10
Statistics report $48.90
Sections 71 and 77 (Natural hazards and across two allotments) $244.10
Plan assessment and processing $163.30
per hour or part hour
Audit inspections $179.20
per hour or part hour
Audits $179.20
per hour or part hour
Marquees (fixed fee)
Marquee consent only $121.50
Marquee consent and Inspect $244.10
Interdepartmental work
Hourly rate for work by other council service areas $146.30
Administration – residential consent (30 minutes administration) $94.20
Administration – commercial/industrial consent (1 hour administration) $167.40

5. Submit your application

When you are ready to submit your application, phone our Customer Services Centre on (04) 237 5089 to make an appointment for a lodgement meeting.

Bring your completed application and corresponding checksheet to the meeting, along with your plans, specifications and other supporting documents as required on the checksheet. The application can be submitted after a Building Compliance Officer (BCO) has vetted and accepted it. At this time payment of the deposit is required and you’ll be advised of this.  

Our address:

Customer Services Centre
14 Hartham Place
Porirua

Post or courier your application to:

PO Box 50218
Porirua 5240


Your application takes up to 20 working days to process from the time we accept it and receive your deposit.

We’ll contact you if we need more information to process your application. The 20-day clock will be paused until we receive what we need. Find out about requests for information.

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:

  • alternative solution fire designs.
  • applications that involve modifications or waiver of clauses C1-6, D1, F6 or F8 of the New Zealand Building Code.
  • applications that involve an alteration, change of use, or subdivision that affects the fire safety systems of a building, including any building work on a specified system relating to fire safety, unless the fire safety system is minor.

We’ll send relevant applications to FENZ as part of the application process, with any costs incurred recovered from the applicant.

To grant a building consent, we must be satisfied on reasonable grounds that 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.

6. Granting your building consent

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 (during normal working hours). Other conditions can be added for:

  • when resource consent is required
  • building code waivers and modifications
  • building on land subject to natural hazards
  • building over two allotments
  • buildings with specified intended life
  • conditions are actions that are required to achieve/or maintain compliance.

Information notes and required items (inspections and documents) are attached to building consents. These are important advice notes that you need to understand.

7. After your consent has been issued

Your building project needs to start within a year of the building consent being granted. Please be aware the Council has two years from the time of issuing the consent in which to make a decision on whether to grant or refuse Code Compliance Certificate.

We’ll also tell you what inspections are required during the project.  Please 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.

If a resource consent is required, you may need to wait until that is also issued before starting work.

Lapsed consent

A building consent lapses and is of no effect if the building work does not commence within 12 months after the date of issue. We can allow this period to be extended before the consent lapses, on receipt of an application for an extension of time.

Certificate for public use

A Certificate for Public Use allows premises affected by building work to be used by the public.

Public occupation of buildings affected by building work

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.

Forms to use

Note: this form is for paper hard copy applications only. It cannot be supplied to us in an electronic form, eg email.