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Building consent pre-application guidance
We offer individually tailored pre-application guidance for projects that need a building consent.
What pre-application guidance includes
Depending on the nature of your project, you may need more than one consent approval. We can advise you on the approvals you will need for your project and the best order to approach them.
We provide you with information and guidance to ensure you have a good understanding of what needs to be done, before you submit your application. This could save you time and money later.
We can help you:
- confirm if you need a consent, permit or licence
- understand the consent application process
- understand consent fees and related charges, such as
financial and development contributions fees
- get guidance on the expertise you may need to help with your project
- identify areas to focus on when gathering information to support your application
- get a good understanding of what's needed for a good quality
building consent application
- lodge an application that will be processed efficiently and without delay.
Because of the technical nature of consents, we expect you to get professional input into your application from an architect, builder, engineer, draughtsperson, planner or building surveyor.
We regard the content of all pre-application meetings as confidential. However, if we receive an Official Information Request (OIA), this information could be released.
This is assessed on a case-by-case basis.
What you need to request pre-application guidance
You will need to provide any:
- conceptual plans
- draft assessments of environmental effects
- other relevant information you have.
To ensure you get the maximum benefit from your pre-application guidance, and so we can prepare appropriately, it is important that you:
- let us know, in advance, about the topics or issues you would like to discuss
- provide us with as much detailed information as possible, even if your ideas are only conceptual.
Depending on information you give us, we may ask for input from other specialists, relevant to the project (urban designers or traffic engineers).
Building consent pre-application deposit
You need to pay the deposit when you request the meeting.
Read fee table.
|Building consent pre-application meeting||$331|
|Building consent – Fire engineering brief meeting base fee (non-refundable, additional charges may apply)||$347|
*Fees are indicative only and are subject to change.
How to request pre-application guidance online
We only accept online applications for pre-application guidance.
If there is no way to provide digital copies of your plans or documents, visit one of our
service centres. Our staff can scan in your documents for an
What happens next
A building processor will contact you within
five working days to discuss your request.
It's important that we have a clear understanding of your project, so we can involve the right specialists.
We will co-ordinate the input from the various specialists and send you the required guidance in writing.
If you feel there are issues that require further discussion in person, we can arrange to meet with you.
Follow up on your request
If it has been more than five working days since you applied, contact us on 09 301 0101.
If you're not sure whether you need pre-application guidance:
|Auckland Design Manual||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/ask-for-guidance/Pages/auckland-design-manual.aspx||Auckland Design Manual||The Auckland Design Manual provides objective criteria and context for making your design decisions.||aspx||Building and consents|
|Engage a professional to help with your consent application or project ||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/ask-for-guidance/Pages/engage-professional-help-with-project.aspx||Engage a professional to help with your consent application or project ||The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) website has information about getting professional help to prepare your resource consent application. ||aspx||Resource consents|
|Free advice before submitting a consent application||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/ask-for-guidance/Pages/free-advice-consent-application.aspx||Free advice before submitting a consent application||Get 15 minutes of free advice to check if your project needs consents or permits.||aspx||Building and consents|
|Building consent fees and charges||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/building-consents/Pages/building-control-fees.aspx||Building consent fees and charges||View fees and charges when applying for a building consent.||aspx||Building consents|
|Resource consent pre-application guidance||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/ask-for-guidance/Pages/resource-consent-pre-application-guidance.aspx||Resource consent pre-application guidance||Find out what our resource consent pre-application guidance includes, how to request it, and what happens after you apply.||aspx||Resource consents|
|Consent, licensing and environmental monitoring support for Māori and iwi||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/about-auckland-council/how-auckland-council-works/kaupapa-maori/Pages/consent-licencing-environmental-monitoring-support-maori-iwi.aspx||Consent, licensing and environmental monitoring support for Māori and iwi||This service provides guidance for iwi and Māori who need support with resource consents, building consents, licensing, and environmental monitoring. ||aspx||Building and consents
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