Building consent process
Steps in the building consent process
The building consent process follows the steps outlined below.
You lodge your completed building consent application including all required information, documentation and the lodgement fee.
If Restricted Building Work (RBW) is taking place, you also need to provide a Certificate of Design from the Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) who carried out or supervised the design work. Find out more about LBP's on our restricted building work page.
If you are applying for a building consent where the designer is waiting for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to grant a licence, the following rules will apply:
We issue a Project Information Memorandum (PIM), if requested, advising on site-specific hazards and if you need to apply for a resource consent.
We process your building consent application and we may ask you to provide further information.
We issue the building consent and advise if you need to apply for a resource consent. You need to pay all processing charges before you collect the building consent.
You need to start the building work within 12 months from the date the building consent is issued. Book building inspections, as indicated in the conditions document. The homeowner or agent must notify us who the Licensed Building Practitioner is, before the inspection.
You should complete building work within two years from the building consent date of issue. Apply for a code compliance certificate after the final inspection has passed. For RBW, you need to submit a record of works certificates from the Licensed Building Practitioner(s). We will charge you for any additional inspections and refund your bonds.
- We will request a copy of the application submitted to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment or a copy of the confirmation letter from the Ministry that they have received your application.
- The owner or agent will be issued with a reminder letter informing them of their rights and obligations as per the legislative requirements for Restricted Building Works and Licensed Building Practitioners.
- We can grant the building consent only when the owner or agent provide us with the fully completed Certificate of Design (this includes all LBPs' details and registration numbers).
Processing your application
We aim to process your application within 20 working days, however, your application may take longer if we need more information.
If your application is unclear, the clock stops until you provide us with the information we need. So make sure your application is as detailed as possible and includes all the information we ask for.
If you are not able to show that your proposed building work will meet the requirements of the Building Act and the Building Code, we may not be able to issue you with a building consent.
Once we are satisfied that the consent meets all of the required criteria, we will grant and issue the consent and/or PIM to you or someone nominated by you. The building consent is then ready for collection.
You will need to pay all outstanding processing charges before we issue your building consent.
Tracking the progress of your building consent application
You can track the progress of your application.
Depending on the location of your property, you can access a building consent, code compliance certificate application or view all building consents for a specific property online.
For Auckland central applications
You can search for building consents online and view a glossary of terms used in the report.
For North Shore applications
The Consent Status Enquiry tool allows you to search the status of your building consent application. This only applies to consents lodged from 1 January 2008.
To track your building consent application for all other areas, please contact us.
Building consent conditions
During the construction of your project, you must follow and adhere to specific requirements indicated on the building consent.
There are conditions that need to be met to ensure compliance with certain requirements of the Building Act.
It is very important that you (and your contractors) read the building consent documentation and be clear about the requirements.
It will contain a list of required inspections by our staff during the building process, and a list of producer statements (if applicable) required from specialists (typically engineering disciplines).
The identified specialists will need to provide documentation of the inspections they undertake in support of their producer statement.
How long is your building consent valid for?
Work must start on your project within 12 months of the building consent issue date.
If we have not done any inspections before then, we will send you a letter reminding you that work must start on the project and ask if you intend to proceed with the work.
If you change your mind and do not continue with the work, the building consent will lapse. Alternatively, you may apply for an extension of time (PDF 116KB) to start the work.
It is at our discretion to grant an extension of time after reviewing the building consent file.
If we grant an extension of time, the maximum period is 12 months.
If we do not hear from you within the stated time, or we decline your extension application, the consent will lapse.
This means you must apply for a new building consent before any work can be carried out.