Building Consents

Notification to all our Building Consent Customers:

Please make sure that you download the latest version of our Building Application Forms before submitting any application.

Any application submitted that are not on the latest version will be rejected at time of lodgement.

In this section you will find helpful information about building consents.

The Council's Building Unit is responsible for administering the Building Act and checking that your plans and specifications comply with the New Zealand Building Code.

What requires a building consent?

In general, you must have a building consent before you start any building work. Some types of work that is considered low risk may not need a building consent under the Building Act 2004. For work that does not need a building consent refer to MBIE - Building work that doesn't need a building consent.

If the proposed building work or activity does not comply with all relevant rules in the Waimakariri District Plan then a resource consent will also be required. Please refer to the Resource Management Act 1991.

What is a building consent?

A building consent is approval from the Council to carry out building work. The Building Act sets out the requirements for all building work. You must have a building consent before you can undertake most building work. For information please see the Building consents fact sheet (pdf, 194.8 KB) and Processing of your building consent.

Some building work does not require a building consent - refer to MBIE Exemptions Guidance (pdf, 8.9 MB).

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What is a MultiProof?

A national multiple-use approval (known as a MultiProof) is a statement by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) that a set of plans and specifications for a building complies with the New Zealand Building Code.

Under the Building Act 2004, BCAs must accept a MultiProof as evidence of Building Code compliance. The Building Act uses the term ‘national multiple-use approval’ and not ‘MultiProof’.

MultiProofs allow builders who replicate the same or substantially similar buildings several times to benefit from a streamlined building consent process.

This avoids the need for the design to be assessed and re-approved by BCAs each time it is proposed to be built on a different site.

MultiProofs should lead to faster processing times, reduced duplication for volume builders, and lower consenting costs.

A MultiProof is not, and does not replace, a building consent. The holder of a MultiProof must obtain a building consent each time they wish to build the approved design. This enables the BCA to confirm and establish:

  • the design, with any permitted variations, is the same as the one in the plans and specifications approved as part of the MultiProof
  • the proposed site meets the conditions of the MultiProof conditions
  • any site specific features of the design comply with the Building Code
  • the inspections required

Additional information:

Statutory Clock (Timeframes)

Building consents must be processed within 20 working days after receipt of the complete application. MultiProof consents must be processed within 10 working days after receipt of the complete application.

A complete application is when further information requests have been addressed during the vetting of the application and the deposit has been paid. At this point your application is formally received and the Statutory Clock starts.

During processing of the consent where further information has been requested (RFI) the Statutory Clock stops. Once further information requests (RFI) have been suitably addressed the Statutory Clock restarts.

Start and End Dates

You need to start your building work within 12 months of receiving your building consent, or your consent will lapse. (section 52 Building Act 2004)

If you need an extension, talk to your council before the 12 months time frame is up. If the consent has lapsed and you still want to do the work, you will have to re-apply for a consent.

You have two years to complete your building work, starting from the day the consent is granted, unless you agree otherwise with your council.

Within the two years (or at the end of an agreed period), your council has to decide whether to grant a code compliance certificate or take another regulatory path. (section 93 Building Act 2004)