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Temporary structures

Temporary structures are short-term structures, constructed for an event and then dismantled afterwards.

What are temporary structures?

Temporary structures can include:

  • marquees
  • seating
  • bleachers
  • stalls
  • stages
  • temporary ablutions.

Some of these temporary structures do not need a building consent, some will need an exemption approval and some might need a building consent.

All building work must comply with the building code and relevant legislation.

Resource consent for temporary structures

You may need a resource consent for the temporary structure you are proposing. You need to get the resource consent before you start any building work.

Some activities are permitted under the Section E40 Temporary structures of the Auckland Unitary Plan (PDF 75KB).

Building consent for temporary structures

You may need a building consent for the temporary structure you are proposing. You need to get the building consent before you start any building work.

For more building consent information see:

Temporary structures that do not need a building consent

Some temporary structures that are no more than 100 square meters and will be in place no longer than 30 days can be erected without a building consent, including:

  • marquees or tents
  • seating and bleaches
  • stalls
  • stages
  • temporary ablutions.

You will not need a building consent for a temporary storage stack for goods and materials that will be in place for a limited time only.

For more information, see the MBIE guidance on Building work that does not require a consent.

Temporary structures that might get an exemption from needing a building consent

Building work we may consider for an exemption includes:

  • a tent or marquee with an occupancy less than 250 people
  • inherently stable stands exceeding 2.4m in height or supported by a producer statement
  • statues over 2m in height
  • seating arrangements for less than 250 people
  • Christmas trees or similar supported by a producer statement
  • previously successful applications at the same location, with the same size and occupancy level
  • proposals that do not require a fire report for occupancy loading or flammability index matters.

When you apply for your building consent we check to see if we can grant an exemption. If your proposal is complex or has high risk factors we will not be able to give you an exemption, so we will process your application as normal.

To find out how to apply for a building consent for your temporary structure, see the temporary structure consent process.

How to check if you need a consent for a temporary structure

There are several ways to check if you need a consent:


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