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1. Check if you need a consent to add an awning

Have your plan ready

Before checking whether you need a consent for your awning, 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.

There will be an explanation on how to calculate these factors in the online consent tool.

Our tip

If your awning 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 an awning

 Online

​Our online tool helps you check if you need a building or resource consent for your awning.

This tool only applies to an awning attached to the ground floor or first floor of a building.

Have your plans ready before you start.

It should take you about 10 minutes to complete.

Check now

 By phone

​Contact us on 09 301 0101.

 In person

​Visit your nearest service centre.

You should know

Pay attention to the weathertightness. All connections with external walls, and those providing awning support, must provide adequate resistance to stop moisture entering the building. For more see Building Code clause E2 - external moisture.

Your building work must:

  • comply with the Building Code, even if no building consent is needed
  • not damage public service drains if its foundations are close to the pipes.