Skip to main content
Auckland Council

How to prepare a good quality building consent application

Me pēhea te whakarite tono whakaaetanga hanga whare pai

Engage a professional to help you with the technical requirements. Your building consent can be processed faster (saving you money) when it is a good quality application that contains all necessary information and documentation.

Guides for preparing a building consent application

We supply help and guidance on specific building projects.

Also see the Guide to applying for a building consent on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website for details on all aspects of the consent application.

If you are applying for a building consent online, follow the Guidelines for building consent online applications

What you need to include in your application

Building consent applications require a lot of supporting information about the products, methods and materials you will use in construction.

You also need to include details about design drawings, products certificates, and producer statements.

When you provide all the necessary information, you avoid a request for further information (RFI), and your application is processed quickly and efficiently.

To create a good quality application, this is what you, your builder or your architect needs to do.

  1. Describe the project accurately and include all work involved in the project.
  2. Provide evidence of ownership or rights over the property. If you are an agent applying on behalf of the owner, the application needs to have an additional letter of authorisation from the owner that you are their agent.
  3. Drawings must be in black and white, with a minimum text size of CAD 10 or 2.5mm, with all dimensions provided and details cross-referenced. Drawings need to be drawn to a professional standard with an appropriate scale and clarity (no freehand sketches are accepted). If supported by a producer statement, the plans and drawings must also be signed by the design specialist. Drawings must show:
    • drawing number and title
    • designer's name
    • address of property
    • date.
  4. If the building work includes Restricted Building Work (RBW), the designer and/or engineer each need to complete and sign a Memorandum/Certificate of Design Work (CoW) for the work they are designing.
  5. Licensed Building Practitioners (LBPs) are the only people allowed to supervise or carry out Restricted Building Work; their LBP details must be provided to council before the work starts on site. If you know who the LBPs are for your project you can list them on the application form or you can register their details later using our Notification of Licensed Building Practitioner online form.
  6. Design engineers who provide PS1 , PS2 and/or PS4 must be registered with council as a producer statement author. Design engineers who provide a producer statement – design (PS1) must also provide design calculations, specifications and construction details. Producer statements must be dated no older than 90 days.
  7. All producer statement (PS3 and PS4) authors need to be listed in the Agreement to provide a producer statement during construction form. If you do not know yet who they will be, list the producer statements that will be required. The producer statement authors need to supply the producer statements (certificates, etc) after the work has been completed on site.
  8. Provide construction specifications in all cases. Where relevant, provide product certification and manufacturers' specifications.
  9. Where relevant, provide evidence of approval from the asset owner (such as Watercare or Auckland Transport) for water meters, vehicle crossings, work near or under high voltage power lines, and work near or over stormwater and sewer mains. Approval may include documents and/or video evidence.
  10. If you apply for an amendment to an existing building consent, the description of building work must accurately summarise changes, and any plans need to be clouded to show changes.
  11. If the design includes a waiver or modification of the building code, reference the section of the applicable building code and why this modification is requested.
  12. Download a copy of the lodgement checklist to make sure you have provided all relevant information. Incomplete applications will lead to delays.

 Related topics



Ask for guidance for guidanceStep three: If you are unsure about what you need to know or do before you apply for a building or resource consent, get in touch with us. We're here to help.aspx
Processing your consent application your consent applicationStep six: Find out what's involved in approving your consent application. It may save you time and money.aspx
Requests for further information - building consents for further information - building consentsRead about requests for further information to support a consent application and how long you have to respond.aspx
Apply for a building consent for a building consentFind out how to apply for a building consent and view the relevant fees. aspx
Guidelines for online building consent applications for online building consent applicationsCheck what the document format and naming standards are for making an online building consent application.aspx
Building consent fees and charges consent fees and chargesView fees and charges when applying for a building consent.aspx
Building consent lodgement checklists consent lodgement checklistsThese building consent lodgement checklists tell you what information you need to provide when you lodge your building consent application.aspx