Building and Alteration
This section provides information that will help you through the building consent process, as well as application forms and useful links. If you are planning to build, carry out alterations or renovate your home or business, this is the place to start.
Most building work requires Building Consent. The consent confirms that the proposed work, based on the plans and documentation provided, complies with the New Zealand Building Code. It is needed to ensure that buildings are safe and sanitary, and that occupiers have a means of escape from fire.
Please note: We've updated and reorganised this section. If you need assistance to find information, please contact the Duty Building Officer.
Building or altering a property? Start here.
Find out about rules for industrial premises and commercial buildings.
Once you have a building consent and work is underway, inspections ensure work is carried out according to the approved plans.
Read the Council's policy on Earthquake Prone, Dangerous and Insanitary Buildings.
Check your responsibilities if you have a swimming pool or spa on your property.
Below are some useful links to sites dealing with a range of building issues.
- The Building Code - from the Department of Building and Housing
- The Department of Building and Housing
- Consumer Build - online assistance
ConsumerBuild aims to provide clear, independent and up-to-date information about building and renovating houses.
- Building Consents - Statistics New Zealand
Statistics New Zealand (Tatauranga Aotearoa) provide information on number of building consents issued.
- Quotable Value
Valuation services and online reports.