Find out how to submit an application for a building consent, including:
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.
A PIM includes information on special land features, including:
A PIM will also include either:
A PIM does not give any form of approval under the district plan.
If it turns out that you need a resource consent, we advise that you obtain this before you apply for a building consent to avoid possible expensive changes to your proposal.
A PIM is not compulsory, but we recommend that you apply for one for all new dwellings, commercial projects and other significant building activities.
A PIM summarises the property information Auckland Council has on record that may affect your building project. It will identify:
Although you can apply for a PIM at the same time as a building consent, it's better to do so beforehand, so you know all the matters that may affect your project before you submit your consent application.
You don't have to have a PIM before applying for a building consent, but it can save time when you begin the building consent process.
The PIM application form has details of the information we need to process your PIM quickly.
Find the relevant form for your project under 'application forms' on the right side of this page, or in the consents form search.
If you supply all the necessary information, we will process your PIM within 20 working days.
To find the deposit for a PIM, see building control fees and charges.
Forward your application with payment to your nearest customer service centre
If you need a consent for your project follow these steps:
There are separate fees for resource consents and building consents.
The consent fee depends on the value of your project.
Use our deposit calculator to find out how much you will need to pay as a deposit when you submit your application.
You may like to talk to us before you submit your application to make sure it is complete. See pre-application advicefor more.
If you are not familiar with building plans and compliance with the building code, you may need to engage a design professional to supply the required drawings and information, and to apply for a building consent on your behalf.
You can also find useful information about applying for a building consent from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website.
To avoid delays in processing your application you should:
You must also make sure:
Use the recommended naming standards when you make an online building consent application. This will help us process your application faster.
Depending on the nature of your project, you may need to apply for a resource consent as well as a building consent.
A section 37 certificate will be attached to your project information memorandum or approved building consent, if a resource consent is also required.
You may also require Watercare approval (or, if you are in Papakura, Veolia Water approval) before you lodge your building application.
To view accepted work clearance distances and apply for a Watercare Works Over approval, please visit the Watercare website.
To apply for Veolia Water approval, please contact Veolia Water on 09 295 0515.
We recommend you engage a professional to complete your application form.
You can now apply for a building consent online. This will save time and printing costs. You can also track the progress of your application.
Download and complete the lodgement checklist:
Login to complete the online application and pay by MasterCard, Visa or Account2Account (bank transfer).
Depending on your internet connection, it may take a few minutes to upload large documents.
Download and complete the application form from our form search page, or pick one up from your local service centre.
We also have checklists and guidance documents available in our resources section.
We recommend you book a lodgement meeting when submitting your consent application in person.
Select your preferred supplier:
You need to indicate your chosen building consent processor on the Preferred provider form (PDF 47KB) when applying for a building consent.
We recommend booking a lodgement meeting. Call us on (09) 301 0101 to book.
If you live outside of these areas, or don't require a lodgement meeting, you can return your completed application forms (in person or by post) to one of the below service centres. If posting, please post to the service centre closest to where the building activity is taking place:
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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