Building consent

Applying for building consent

Find out how to submit an application for a building consent, including:

  • where to send your application
  • what information you’ll need to include
  • where you can go for help.
Auckland Council is currently experiencing an unusually high number of building consent applications. Due to the exceptionally large volumes, there may be delays with your application. Naturally we will endeavour to process your application as quickly as possible but this may not be within the usual timeframes. We appreciate your patience with any application during this busy time and will keep you updated on progress.


Project Information Memorandums (PIMs)

If you are considering carrying out building work and need information on any relevant special land features and regulatory requirements, you can order a Project Information Memorandum (PIM).

A PIM can help inform design requirements and reduce time and costs during the consent approval process.

A PIM is not an authorisation to commence work. You need to wait for the approval of your building consent before commencing any work on your project.


How to apply for a building consent

If you need a consent for your project follow these steps:


Multiple applications

Builders can get approval for standardised building designs, that are intended to be replicated several times, through the Department of Building and Housing’s MultiProof service.

You still need a building consent each time you want to build a design that has been issued with a MultiProof.

This is so that we can check that the approval conditions are met and that the site-specific features of the design (such as foundations) comply with the building code.

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