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.
GoShift - New Forms from 5 December
GoShift is the name of a common set of building consent application forms used across several councils in central New Zealand, with the aim of providing consistency and better customer service across participating councils.
- The Building Consent Process Steps 1 and 2 - Accepting and Processing a Building Consent
- The Building Consent Process Steps 3 and 4 - Inspecting and Certifying Work
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.
This section contains updates from the Building team about recent developments and current topics of interest.
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.
Fees must be paid on any development or subdivision that generates additional demand on services as calculated under the Council's Development Contribution Policy.
Below are some useful links to sites dealing with a range of building issues.
- 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.