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Here you will find practical information on getting consents for everyday building projects.

Information shown on each page is intended as guidance only. Additional items may arise during processing.

From 31 August 2020, some building projects will no longer need building consents.

The full summary of the exemptions is available at www.building.govt.nz

Even if a building consent may not be required, always check with your local council to make sure your proposed building work does not have any district planning implications (e.g. maximum site coverage, yard/setback requirements, daylight access planes or permitted activities). A resource consent may be required and it is important that you obtain this before starting any building work.

Building Resource Pages

Discretionary exemptions

The Building Act allows councils to exempt some building work from requiring a building consent. Requests for an exemption from building consent are considered on a case-by-case for a wide range of work and projects where the design and construction work is:

  • carried out by suitably qualified and experienced people with a proven track record of competence in similar work.
  • assurance is given to show why it is likely that the work will be performed in accordance with the building code.
  • the purposes and principles of the Building Act will not be undermined by the approval of an exemption.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) provides guidance on building work that is automatically exempt under the Building Act.

If you wish to apply for an exemption from building consent, use the form Application for Building Consent and-or PIM for Dwellings and Other Works-NOT Commercial (pdf, 1.3MB).

Please note that the cost of processing an exemption can incur additional charges if we need to seek further information.