Processing your consent

Council has 20 working days to process a building consent. They will then notify the owner as to whether the consent has been accepted or declined.

If Council makes a request for more information, the processing time frame is paused (the statutory time clock is stopped) until all of the information requested is received. Once all information is received, the statutory clock is restarted. The clock is reduced to 10 working days if the building that you are proposing has a MultiProof approval

We process your application to become satisfied on reasonable grounds that the provisions of the building code would be met if the building work was properly completed in accordance with the plans and specifications.

The application is assessed to determine if the proposed building work will meet the requirements of building code.


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Conditions on building consents

This section contains information about the conditions that can be issued on a building consent and the importance that everyone in the building process understand them.

During the building process, you need to follow the approved plans and adhere to specific requirements as per the building consent. The consent documentation will have information on required inspections, producer statements required from specialists with appropriate supporting evidence and other conditions as required by the Building Act. 

There are five specific conditions that can be applied to an issued building consent:

The approved plans contain waivers or modifications to the building code issued by the Territorial Authority under Section 67 of the Building Act. 

The building consent has been issued with a notification, condition that the land is subject to natural hazards (for example flooding or landslips).

The building has been issued subject to condition where if building over two (or more) allotments, these cannot be transferred or leased except in conjunction with the other allotments.

The building consent has been issued with the condition that inspections will need to be conducted. This condition will always apply and must be complied with in order to ensure that a Code Compliance Certificate can be issued.

The building consent has been issued with the condition that the building has 'limited life' as determined by the owner/application.


It is important that you read all the documentation supplied and are clear about the requirements. 

Sometimes you will need to ensure that inspections are conducted by an appropriate engineer or other professional, as well as Council, to meet the requirements on the consent. 

These inspections are organised and paid by you. 

You can seek further information and guidance on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment - Building Performance website. 

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Fire and Emergency New Zealand

In order to grant a building consent, Council must take into account any memorandum from Fire and Emergency New Zealand. This is a document that confirms the correct safety and emergency exits and features are within the proposed plans.

Council allows up to 10 working days for this to be processed, otherwise they may make the decision independently.

Read more on Fire and Emergency compliance here.

You can find information specific to each consent on the relevant pages. If you have any questions on this, you can also contact us.

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Granting Consent

Once we are satisfied on reasonable grounds that the plans and specifications in the application demonstrate compliance with the building code, we will grant the building consent. 

Your building consent is granted pending payment of all fees due by you. You will be notified at the granting of the building consent of any fees that are outstanding.

Section 49 – requirement to be ‘satisfied on reasonable grounds’

When all fees are paid and Council is satisfied on reasonable grounds that your planned project complies with the building code, your building consent will be issued.

Once your consent is issued, make sure you read the full documentation carefully. In some circumstances, having a building consent issued to you does not necessarily mean that construction can start. Other legislation needs to be considered and you may have to wait for other authorisations such as a resource consent. These conditions will be listed on a certificate attached to your building consent (section 37 of the Building Act). 

Conditions may be applied to a consent if the building work has a specified intended life, or they could mean that your consent is granted but there are other rules that must be adhered to. 

Read more about whether your need a resource consent here. 

Visit the resource consents page on the Council website here.

Legislation for Section 49:

(1) A building consent authority must grant a building consent if it is satisfied on reasonable grounds that the provisions of the building code would be met if the building work were properly completed in accordance with the plans and specifications that accompanied the application.

(2) However, a building consent authority is not required to grant a building consent until is receives - 

(a) any charge or fee fixed by it in relation to the consent; and

(b) any levy payable under Section 53.

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BCA complaint process

Read about our complaints policy here, and if you would like to lodge a complaint about the Building Consent Authority, contact us.

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Determination process

Determinations are a legally binding ruling made by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). They are about doubts or disputes to do with building work and are normally applied for for by building owners, although Councils and other people are allowed to apply. 

If you are unsure whether applying for a determination is your best option, contact MBIE or click the links below;

Applying for a determination

The determination process

More about determinations

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4 July 2018