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1. Check if you need a consent to add, repair or replace a garden shed

Have your plan ready

Under the NZ Building Regulatons there is a lot of building work you can do yourself. The website for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is also helpful.

Before checking whether you need a consent for your shed, you need to know:

  • dimensions of the project (height, total area)
  • location on property where the project will go
  • size of the property in square metres
  • total pre-existing building coverage on property
  • total pre-existing hard surfaces on property.

Depending on the size and design of your structure,  the work (design and/or construction) may be required to be carried out by a Chartered Professional Engineer and/or Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP).

You should know

If your garden shed is close to a boundary, and you have the written approval from your neighbours, you can apply for a Deemed Permitted Boundary Activity.
 
This application replaces the need to apply for a resource consent.
 
You will still need to apply for a building consent, if required.

​How to check if you need a consent to add, repair or replace a garden shed

From 31 August 2020, several new building consent exemptions are in place regarding awnings.

Our online tool to check if you need a consent is currently unavailable and being updated to meet these new guidelines.

The latest guidance on these exemptions can found on the MBIE website.

 By phone

​Contact us on 09 301 0101.

 In person

​Visit your nearest service centre.