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Apply for a building consent

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COVID-19 apply for a building consent information

We will continue to process building consent and code of compliance certificate applications digitally, as well as grant and issue them. No hard copy can be accepted at the moment.

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. 

Our tip

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 the relevant lodgement checklist and upload it with your application online. There is also a form to complete if you intend to provide producer statements during the construction phase of your project.

Apply now

Before you apply check the document naming standards for building consent online applications.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are only accepting online applications. If you are unable to apply digitally, visit one of our service centres for assistance in making your online application.

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

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.

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