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1. Check if you need a consent to add a shade sail

Have your plan ready

Before checking whether you need a consent for your shade sail, 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 area of your property currently covered by buildings
  • total area of your property currently covered by hard surfaces, for example concrete or paved areas.

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

Our tip

If your shade sail 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 a shade sail


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

This tool only applies to shade sails located on the ground or ground 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 library with council services.

You should know

There are significant wind loadings on shade sails, so the design and fixings need careful thought. When attaching shade sails to the exterior of a building, pay attention to weathertightness details. All connections into the building and those providing support for the sail must also prevent moisture getting into the building.
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.