Farm building

Do I need a building consent?

A building consent is required before building a farm building if it:

  • Is larger than 30 square metres, or
  • A pole shed greater than 110 square metres, or
  • A pole shed not in the rural zone, or in a wind zone greater than High, or
  • Will be closer than its own height away from either the boundary or a residential building.

There are two separate exemptions for single-storey pole sheds and hay barns. You will need to check which professional to hire according to the specifications.

  • Single-storey pole sheds and hay barns up to 110 square metres in net floor area where the design is carried out or reviewed by a chartered professional engineer.
  • Single-storey pole sheds and hay barns up to 110 square metres in net floor area where the design and construction is carried out or supervised by a licensed building practitioner.

Before you start building please make sure you meet all the exemption requirements

All exempt work must comply with any other relevant legislation, such as the Building Code, the Resource Management Act 1991, and the Waimakariri District Plan.

What information is needed?

Specific information to include in a building consent application for a farm building:

  • Site plan with the location of the farm building and associated buildings
  • Shed construction details and elevations (i.e. timber or steel, footings, pole holes, cladding and roofing)
  • Stormwater disposal details
  • Engineered design details (farm building designs are generally outside the scope of NZS3604).