Do You Need A Consent?
Click on the image below to be redirected to the canibuildit.govt.nz website. We recommend this as a first step when you are considering a building project. It has easy to use tools to help you decide whether you need a consent or not, some building projects are exempt.
Remember, even if your project does not require a building consent, it still needs to comply with the Building Code. The canibuildit website will also provide links to the relevant part of the building code that applies to your project.
Applying for a discretionary exemption
The Building Act also allows Council to permit building work to be undertaken without a consent if the proposed work is likely to be performed in accordance with the Building Code, or failing that, it is unlikely to endanger people or any building.
You MUST apply to Council for a discretionary exemption. Council will undertake a risk assessment of the building work proposed on a case by case basis.
Other helpful information
For other questions in relation to a building project visit the building.govt.nz website. It provides information on the Building Code, Your Rights & Obligations, how to lodge a complaint, the building process, earthquake prone buildings and much more.