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1. Check if you need a consent to build a sleepout or a cabin

1. Tirohia mēnā me tono whakaaetanga rānei koe mō te hanga wharau moe, wharau noa nei rānei

Have your plan ready

Before checking whether you need a consent for your sleepout or cabin, 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 sleepout or cabin 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 build a sleepout or cabin


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

This tool only applies to sleepouts located on the ground.

Have your plans ready before you start.

It should take you about 10 minutes to complete.

Check now

 By phone

​Phone us on 09 301 0101.

 In person

​Visit any one of our service centres.

You should know

Smoke alarms must be installed in sleeping areas.

The sleepout or cabin must be associated with the main dwelling where sanitary facilities are available.

If your building has a kitchen and a bathroom it is considered a self-contained minor dwelling (a minor household unit), not a sleepout or cabin. It might need a resource consent as well as a building consent.

If you are building close to boundaries, you need to give consideration to Building Code requirements on protection from fire, particularly in relation to the spread of fire to neighbouring properties.

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.