Processing of Your Building Consent

This is the process that your building consent goes through from when it is received by the Council.

The Building Consent Process

The consent is received at the Council's customer services counter or by post or electronic portal (Applicant must be registered to use the online portal).

The consent is vetted. This is where your application will be checked for completeness, (there is a consent checklist in the application form). If information is missing from your application and/or is incorrect, you will be contacted by the Building Unit Administration Team requesting further information (Please note: if applying in person the application may not be accepted by council staff until the application is deemed complete)

During the vetting process, an invoice for a deposit and/or Fixed Fee charges is sent to applicant or agent. (see Building services fees and charges page).

Once a complete application is received, including payment of fees the application will be ‘Formally Received’ this is when the 20 day statutory clock start

If requested a copy of the consent is sent to PIMS Team to be processed (PIM - Project Information Memorandum) A copy of the PIM is sent to the Processing Team and will be included in your consent (you will also receive a copy).Please note: if a PIM is not requested a Compliance & Services check will still be carried out to ensure compliance with District Plan requirements, vehicle crossing bylaws etc..

Once the application is allocated to a Building Consent Officer, your plans and specifications will be looked at to ensure that they show sufficient detail and that they comply with the minimum requirements of the Building Code. If items are found to be non-complying or if extra detail is required to show compliance, you will be sent a request for further information (RFI). In the case where no PIM has been applied for we will also include items that do not comply with the Waimakariri District Council's District Plan that need to be resolved. The processing time clock is paused until the further information is provided

RFI information is received. The RFI information is checked by the Building Consent Officer and the processing clock is restarted. Once the processor is satisfied on reasonable grounds that the provisions of the Building Code would be met if the building project was completed as per the plans and specifications submitted, they will then approve the plans and specifications and forward the completed file to the next stage.

If required the consent will be sent to validation. This is a final quality assurance check, and depending on the findings further information maybe requested (as with all RFI that statutory clock would again be paused until the information is provided).

Once satisfied the processor will make the decision to grant (or refuse) the consent (Please note if the consent were to be refused, this would have been discussed with the applicant/agent in detail before such a decision was made)

If the decision is to grant the consent it will be sent to the Building Unit Administration Team to be invoiced, at this time the statutory clock is stopped. This invoice will then be sent to the applicant or agent for payment

On receipt of full payment, the building consent will be issued along with the consent documents.

Start work. Building work can start once the building consent is received or uplifted, Inspections can then be booked in – see conditions on the consent. (Please note: No building work may start until the invoice has been paid and the consent issued)

Conditions on the Consent

Section 37 Notice.  Section 37 of the Building Act 2004 states that the Council must issue a Certificate if Resource Consent is required.  This is also referred to as a “Section 37 Notice”.  The Building Consent will have a condition noted on it that will advise you if (a) No building work may proceed or (b) Building work may only proceed to the extent stated in the certificate.

Section 75 Construction of building on 2 or more allotments.  The Council issues a certificate that states that as a condition of the granting of the Building Consent 1 or more of the Lots must not be transferred or leased except in conjunction with any specified other or others of those Lots.  The condition may advise that no building work is to commence until the conditions have been satisfied.

Referrals to the New Zealand Fire Service Commission.  An application for a building consent that relates to building work to be carried out in respect of any type or part of the following buildings:

  • (a) the gathering together, for any purpose, of 100 or more persons:
  • (b) providing employment facilities for 10 or more persons:
  • (c) providing accommodation for more than 5 persons (other than in 3 or fewer household units):
  • (d) a place where hazardous substances are present in quantities exceeding the prescribed minimum amounts, whatever the purpose for which the building is used:
  • (e) providing early childhood facilities (other than in a household unit):
  • (f) providing nursing, medical, or geriatric care (other than in a household unit):
  • (g) providing specialised care for persons with disabilities (other than in a household unit):
  • (h) providing accommodation for persons under lawful detention (not being persons serving a sentence of home detention)

If compliance with clauses C1-6, D1, F6 or F8 of the Building Code will be established other than by compliance with an applicable compliance document; or

  • Involves a modification or waiver of clauses C1-6, D1, F6 or F8 of the Building Code, or
  • Involves an alteration, change in use or subdivision and affects the fire safety systems, including any building work on a specified system relating to fire safety, except where the effect on the fire safety system is minor

The Council must, on receipt of an application to which this section applies, provide a copy of the application to the New Zealand Fire Service Commission. The fire service Commission after considering the application will then provide advice to the Council if further information or other considerations are required. The Council will forward these requests to the applicant for their consideration and assess the responses to determine if Building Work will comply with the Building Code to the extent necessary with the Building Act 2004.

REFER TO Let’s Get it Right…Building Consents for further information on this process and the process for applying and obtaining Code Compliance Certificate

REFER TO Let’s Get it Right…Inspections for further information on what is required as part of the building inspections process