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When you need an engineering approval
Types of work that need an engineering approval
Apart from a resource and building consent, some development projects need engineering approvals, particularly if they involve installing an infrastructure asset like:
- public stormwater and wastewater drainage
- public water supply
- roads, shared driveways and common accessways
- public parks.
To design and supervise the work, you will need a NZ Chartered Professional Engineer, Registered Engineering Associate or registered professional surveyor with experience in land development and infrastructure.
Types of engineering approvals
The type of engineering application you need to submit depends on the works you are proposing and the circumstances surrounding them.
Minor engineering approvals are for specific and less complex works, like:
- public stormwater connection within the site
- renewal of public stormwater pipe to same grade and alignment
- isolated rehabilitation of existing pipe or manhole
- raising or lowering a public manhole lid.
Major engineering approvals are for complex works, like:
- public stormwater, wastewater or water supply extension/system
- public road or road widening
- relocation of public drainage or water supply system
- public stormwater pond or wetland
- public stormwater catchpit, soakhole
swale or raingarden
- bulk earthworks.
Common access way approvals are for construction of access ways and can be either:
We can help you get the engineering approval
Our team of development engineers:
- assess the designs
- confirm the assets are constructed according to our standards and the asset group's requirements
- provide engineering input
- inspect public drainage
- accept the assets into council ownership.
Conditions of approval will tell you when your engineer and other representatives need to be on site for the required inspections.
Asset groups, like Stormwater, Parks, Auckland Transport (AT) or Watercare, manage the infrastructure assets.
Help to complete an online application
For those having trouble completing an online engineering approval application, consult our downloadable customer guide.
Find out more
For more information on requirements and procedures for engineering approvals, see our Quality Assurance Manual.
Alternatively, contact us and ask to speak to the duty engineer in your area.
|Consider stormwater when building||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/stormwater||Consider stormwater when building||If you are doing any sort of development, one of the factors you need to consider is stormwater. Find out what you need to know about stormwater before you begin.||aspx||Stormwater|
|Apply for a major engineering approval||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/engineering-approvals/Pages/apply-major-engineering-approval.aspx||Apply for a major engineering approval||Find out how to apply for a major engineering approval and learn the phases of the engineering approval process. ||aspx||Engineering|
|Apply for a minor engineering approval||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/engineering-approvals/Pages/apply-minor-engineering-approval.aspx||Apply for a minor engineering approval||Find out how to apply for a minor engineering approval and download the engineering as-built requirements. ||aspx||Engineering|
|Common access way approval||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/engineering-approvals/Pages/common-access-way-approval.aspx||Common access way approval||Find out what a common access way is, and how to apply. Learn more about how and why we test the common access way.||aspx||Engineering|
|Guidelines for engineering approval applications||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/engineering-approvals/Pages/guidelines-engineering-approval.aspx||Guidelines for engineering approval applications||Read what you need to apply for an engineering approval and the naming standards to use if you apply online.||aspx||Engineering|
|Who maintains stormwater pipes and drains||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/environment/looking-after-aucklands-water/stormwater/Pages/who-maintains-stormwater-pipes-drains.aspx||Who maintains stormwater pipes and drains||Property owners are responsible for maintaining their stormwater pipes, drains and gutters. Auckland Council maintains public stormwater assets. ||aspx||Stormwater|