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.
This page will help you establish which fees may apply to your project.
Find forms related to the building consent process, including pre-lodgement checklists..
Get answers to frequently asked questions.
Find out about building inspection requirements, types of inspections and how to book them.
Find out when you need a Building Warrant of Fitness, how to apply for the supporting Compliance Schedule, and answers to some frequently asked questions.
Find out how to apply for a Certificate of Acceptance.
Find out how to apply for a Certificate for Public Use.
How to get a Code of Compliance Certificate.
Read about applying for a Project Information Memorandum, required for some specific projects on a property.
See a list of work that does not need a building consent.
Brief introduction to restricted building work regulations, effective March 1 2012.
Brief introduction to licensed building practioner regulations, effective March 1 2012.
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.