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How we assess your building consent application

Me pēhea nei tā mātou arotake i tō tono whakaaetanga hanga whare

The building consent process

We have 20 working days to process your building consent application. The building consent process involves a number of staff who are trained professionals in a range of building disciplines including architecture, engineering, construction and plumbing.

Initial application check

Once an application is lodged and payment has been received, our processing officers use the building consent lodgement checklists to check that we have the basic information required to start processing your application.

The processing officer will then either:

  • return the application as incomplete with a letter explaining what is missing, or
  • contact you (at their discretion) to ask for more information, or
  • accept the application - we confirm acceptance in writing.


After your application has been accepted it will be allocated to a processing officer, who will also be your main contact for your application.

The processing officer will check 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

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 and other site related issues.

Structural engineer

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

Fire engineer

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

Fire and Emergency New Zealand

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

Designs for commercial kitchens are reviewed by an environmental health inspector. They will contact you if they need more information, or if changes to your application are required.

Development contributions

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


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 obtained.

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.
Extra charges will be incurred if we need to re-check your application.

Request for information (RFI)

The 20 working day processing time frame goes on hold if we need to request more information, and it doesn't start again until we receive the information requested. Incomplete applications take longer to process. Additional processing time is charged accordingly.

Application decision

Granting a building consent application

We will grant your application if we are satisfied that the provisions of the Building Code will be met.

The approved consent directs you to build what is shown in your consented plans. During inspections, building officials will assess the work against your plans.

Declining 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.

What happens next

If your consent has been granted, you will receive the decision and an invoice via email.

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

Make sure you read and understand any building consent conditions or advice notes.

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