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Apply for a Deemed Permitted Boundary Activity Notice

When you can apply for a Deemed Permitted Boundary Activity

If your building activity or project is close to a boundary, and you have the neighbouring owners' written approval, you may apply for a Deemed Permitted Boundary Activity. This application replaces the need to apply for a resource consent for your proposed activity. You may still need to apply for a building consent.

If your boundary is next to a driveway, you will need to get an approval from the neighbour on the other side of that driveway.

When you cannot apply for a Deemed Permitted Boundary Activity

You cannot apply for a Deemed Permitted Boundary Activity if you are building close to a public boundary. A public boundary includes a boundary with any of the following:

  • a public road or walkway
  • a public open space
  • a stream, river, or lake
  • the coast
  • an esplanade reserve or strip
  • any other reserve
  • any land owned by council or the crown (e.g. public schools).

What you need to apply for a Deemed Permitted Boundary Activity

In order to apply for a Deemed Permitted Boundary Activity, you will need to:

  • supply signed site plans, drawings and designs for your proposed activity or project
  • supply a neighbouring owners' written approval, and
  • specify your email address in your application.

Deemed Permitted Boundary Activity Notice application deposit

If the deemed permitted activity is required as part of a building consent then no deposit is required.

All processing costs of this application will be charged to the building consent.

If this is a standalone application, a deposit will be required.

Read fee table.
Service Deposit
Deemed Permitted Boundary Activity$500

​How to apply for a Deemed Permitted Boundary Activity Notice

We only accept online applications for a Deemed Permitted Boundary Activity Notice. If you are unable to apply digitally, visit one of our service centres for assistance in making your online application. 

You will need to login to complete the online application and pay by Visa, MasterCard  or Account2Account (bank transfer). 


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If there is no way to provide digital copies of your plans or documents, visit one of our service centres. Our staff will accept your documents for an additional charge. The charge covers costs involved with us scanning your documents into our digital consent system.

Call us on 09 301 0101 to speak with our building and planning help desk if you have questions regarding your application.

What happens next

We will process your application in 10 working days.

A planner will contact you by email and let you know if you have provided the correct information.

  • If you have, we will approve your application and issue the Deemed Permitted Boundary Activity.
  • If you haven't, we will advise you what information is missing and you will need to re-lodge the application.

You cannot appeal or object the decision.

Contact the planner

Contact us on 09 301 0101 and ask to speak to your planner if you need more information regarding the Deemed Permitted Boundary Activity or help with your application contact us on 09 301 0101.

More information about Deemed Permitted Boundary Activity Notice

Visit Ministry of Environment website to find out about:

  • what information the application and written notice need to contain
  • issuing a Deemed Permitted Boundary Activity application.

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