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How we assess your building consent application

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The building consent process

We have 20 working days to process your building consent application.

The building consent process involves trained professionals in a range of building disciplines including architecture, engineering, construction and plumbing.

Initial application check

Once you lodge an application and we receive the payment, we use the building consent lodgement checklists to check that we have the basic information we need to start processing your application.

We may:

  • return the application as incomplete with a letter explaining what is missing
  • contact you to ask for more information
  • accept the application and confirm acceptance in writing.


After we accept your application, we will allocate it to a processing officer who will also be your main contact.

The processing officer will check that your application complies with the Building Act and the Building Code, using our processing checklists.

We assess all applications against the act, associated regulations and the section 49 requirements within.

Specialist review

Development engineer review

A development engineer will check the application for:

  • hazards on the site
  • consent notices
  • resource consent conditions
  • soil conditions
  • geotechnical and stormwater reports
  • stormwater control design
  • public services
  • other site related issues.

Structural engineer review

If your application includes a design by a structural engineer or includes complex structures, one of our engineers may review the design to check it complies with the Building Code.

Fire engineer review

Our fire engineer or specialist may review your application if it includes complex fire design.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand review

We send applications requiring review (by law) to Fire and Emergency New Zealand (section 47 of the Building Act).

Applications are reviewed within 10 working days.

This review provides feedback on the compliance of the proposed design, and the ability for people to escape a fire safely.

We will review their feedback and let you know if any changes are required.

Environmental health review

Designs for commercial kitchens are reviewed by an environmental health inspectors.

They will contact you if they need more information, or if you need to make changes to your application.

Development contributions review

The development contributions team will let you know if development contributions apply. 

Planning review

A planner will check:

  • whether your application complies with Auckland Unitary Plan provisions
  • whether you need to apply for a resource consent
  • whether you are complying with your resource consent conditions (if applicable)

If a planner advises you need to apply for a resource consent, or you have a related resource consent that is not granted yet, a section 37 certificate will be attached to your building consent preventing you from starting work before a resource consent is granted.

To avoid this limitation you can change your design to comply with the restrictions.

You should know

 If you are planning to change your design, let us know as soon as possible.

You will have to pay extra charges if we need to re-check your application.

Request for information (RFI)

The 20 working day processing timeframe goes on hold if we need to request more information, and it doesn't start again until we receive the information we request.

Incomplete applications take longer to process.

Additional processing time is charged accordingly.

Decision on your building consent application

If we grant a building consent application

If we grant your consent, you will receive the decision and an invoice via email.

We will grant your building consent if:

  • we are satisfied that the provisions of the Building Code will be met
  • the building work is properly completed in accordance with the plans and specification on your application.

Once you have paid any outstanding fees, we will issue your consent via email and we will also post a printed copy. You can also collect it from us or download it from the online portal, if you applied online.

The approved consent will direct you to build what is shown in your consented plans. Make sure you read and understand any building consent conditions or advice notes.

During inspections, building officials will assess the work against your plans.

If we decline a building consent application

If your application is declined, we will tell you the reasons why.

We recommend you seek advice from a professional if you are considering appealing the decision.


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