Building Consents

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When to get a Building Consent

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Important Information: if you don’t start work within 12 months the building consent will lapse, (or other time limit specified by the Building Consents Authority (BCA), usually a Council). You can ask for more time, however. Also note – YOU are responsible for making sure you have a Code Compliance Certificate (CCC). Make sure your builder is available for any remedial work that may need doing if your CCC is rejected – otherwise you won’t get it and it could cause problems in the future.

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When and how to apply for a Building Consent

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You must obtain a building consent before carrying out building work. Your application:

There are checksheets and guidance documents available to help you prepare applications and to put together the necessary information held at your local council, but in the accompanying table is a comprehensive (but not exhaustive) list.  The Council will not accept incomplete applications.

NOTE: The BCA (Council) will often request additional information to that supplied and the 20-day clock will stop until that information is provided to the BCA.

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Schedule 1: Exempt work

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This includes:

Note: This list is not comprehensive but covers most of the exemptions pertaining to domestic situations. If you are unsure, ask your local council before doing any work. Building work that is exempt from having a building consent must still comply with the Building Code.

 

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MINOR BUILDING WORK CHANGES - Additions to Schedule 1

EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 16, 2008

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There are a number changes, which came into effect on October 16, 2008, which will make it easier for homeowners to do minor building work without having to get Council Consent. The list of work that no longer requires a building consent has been extended and now includes:

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YOUR APPLICATION

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Must be on the prescribed application form and be completed in full

Must be accompanied by the prescribed application fee • Must be accompanied by plans, specifications and other information required by Council.

There are checksheets and guidance documents available to help you prepare applications and to put together the necessary information held at your local council, but in the accompanying table is a comprehensive (but not exhaustive) list. The Council will not accept incomplete applications.

 

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Building Consent Levies

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The following levies are applicable where the value of the building project exceeds $20,000 in total:

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Issuing a Building Consent

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There is a 20 working day timeframe in which to process your building consent application.  However processing time will stop if Council officers need to seek additional information. When your building consent is issued it will contain:

  1. the building consent,
  2. the addendum to the building consent which lists any special conditions relating to the approval,
  3. advice on when to call for inspections,
  4. copies of the approved plans and specifications.

It may also contain copies of other approvals relating to the project.

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When You Can Start Work

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You may commence work immediately upon receipt of your consent as long as all other authorisations that are required have been obtained. The issue of a building consent does not relieve the owner of obligations under other Acts.

Note: A building consent will lapse and become invalid if: