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Apply to cancel a building consent​ or withdraw an application

When you should cancel a building consent or withdraw an application

You might want to do this if:

  • your consent was lodged but has not been issued yet and you do not want to continue with the application (Refusal of Building Consent)
  • your consent was issued but you changed your mind and do not want to carry out the building work (Lapse of Building Consent).

If you are acting on behalf of the owner, the owner must provide a written statement agreeing to cancel the application or consent.

Refund of charges

When you cancel or withdraw a building consent, we will charge an administration fee and pay you back the fees that were charged but not used.

If your application has not been issued yet, we will deduct the processing charges from the deposit paid. If the charges (administration and processing) are more that the deposit you paid you will receive an invoice for the outstanding amount.

If you cancel your building consent after it was issued and you have not had any inspections, we will refund the inspection charges that were included in the deposit once the administration fee is deducted.

Refunds will only be issued to the person who made the payment.

You will need to provide a printed bank deposit slip or bank statement to enable electronic refunds.

How to cancel a building consent or withdraw an application


When applying online, you will need:

  • your building consent number and the date it was issued
  • name and contact details of the person who paid for the application.
Cancel/withdraw a building consent

 In person

Complete the request to cancel or withdraw a building consent form, and bring it to a customer service centre.

 By post

Complete the request to cancel or withdraw a building consent form, and send it to:

Auckland Council Building Control
Private Bag 92300
Auckland 1142

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