Apply for a building consent
E tono mō te whakaaetanga hanga whare
You should know
The building consent office will be closed from 12pm(noon) on Tuesday 24 December 2019 to Sunday 5 January 2020. We will reopen on Monday 6 January 2020.
There is a statutory non-processing period from 20 December 2019 to 10 January 2020. These dates will not count toward the standard 20 working day processing time.
We will begin processing applications received during this time from 11 January 2020.
You will be able to book pre-application meetings from Monday 27 January 2020.
How to apply for a building consent
Applying online will be faster and you will be able to track the processing of your consent online. You will also save money as you will not need to supply printed plans.
We can process your application faster if you submit a good quality application. Read
how to prepare a quality building consent application.
Deposits must be paid at the time of application.
When applying online you will be directed to pay by credit card or direct credit.
Payments can also be made by cheque, cash or EFTPOS at any of our service centres.
For some common building projects we offer specific guidance and online application forms to make applying easier. Check building and renovation projects
to see if your project is included.
Complete and send two printed copies of your application along with supporting documents (including the relevant lodgement checklist) to:
Private Bag 92300
Complete and bring two printed copies of your application along with supporting documents (including the relevant lodgement checklist) to a customer service centre
Deposit fee calculator
If you are applying for a building or resource consent, use the
building and resource consent deposit calculator to find out how much your deposit will be.
Application fees* for building consents
* Fees are indicative pricing only
Read fee table.
|Description|| Processing deposit|| Inspection deposit|| Total deposit|
|Project value up to $1999||$500||$288||$788|
|Project value $2000 to $4999||$840||$432||$1272|
|Project value $5000 to $19,999||$1100||$576||$1676|
|Project value $20,000 to $99,999||$1925||$720||$2645|
|Project value $100,000 to $499,999||$2775||$1440||$4215|
|Project value over $500,000||$4620||$1728||$6348|
What happens next
It can take us up to
20 working days to assess your building consent application.
Your allocated service manager will contact you if we need more information - see How we assess your building consent application.
If you have lodged your consent online, you can access and track:
- resource consents
- building consents
- required inspections
- advice notes and conditions
- code compliance certificate applications
- licencing applications.
We will also let you know the outcome of your application by email and post.
You need to pay all outstanding fees before we can issue your consent.
Building a dam
For information about building consent for a dam see Waikato Regional Council website.