Building Information and Consents

If you are planning to build or renovate your home or business premises, almost everything you build needs to meet a number of standards and regulations.

Kaikōura District Council is the Building Consent Authority for our district, providing building consent for work that needs approval and inspection under the Building Act. 

The links below have information that you may find useful throughout the building process:

Industry News

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Check out featured content, keep up to date with the latest news, or find helpful information on code compliancehomeowner essentials, or information for building officials.

Buildit tool to help homeowners navigate building consent exemptions

Since the new suite of building consent exemptions launched back in August 2020, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) have been busy creating an online education tool for homeowners called Buildit. Buildit allows homeowners to answer a few questions about an upcoming project and see if it needs a building consent, or if it could qualify as exempt building work. 

Building work that doesn't require a consent

Building consents are no longer required for certain sized carports, sleepouts, sheds, ground-floor awnings, verandas and porches.
There are still other rules to follow, and some work can only be carried out by professionals, so learn more about the latest set of building consent exemptions, what rules must be followed, and which professionals you should engage with.

Applying for your consent

All the information you need to get started on your building project.

Processing your consent

Information on how long the Council has to process a consent and what aspects need to be taken into account before approving it.

No Code Compliance Certificate

Information and guidance about what to do and what's involved in the process. This guidance is mainly steered towards properties of some age.

Certifying your building work - code compliance certificates

Information on code compliance certificates, why you need them, how to apply, time frames and compliance with your CCC.

Application forms and consent fees

Application forms for building consents and information on deposits and fees.

Inspecting your consent

Information on how Council inspects consent conditions and whether they have been followed.

Earthquake prone buildings

Information on the management of earthquake prone buildings and making changes to an EQ prone building.

Building on land subject to natural hazards

Information on what you need to know if you are planning on building on land subject to natural hazards.

Natural Hazards and Land Damage

Read about the work on Natural hazards and land damage here. 

Swimming and Small Heated Pools

All residential swimming pools need to have barriers that restrict access to the pool or the immediate pool area to unsupervised children. These barriers must comply with the Building Act 2004 and Building Code Clause 9.

Related Links

Helpful information about building from a variety of sources:

13 July, 2021