Do I need a building consent?

A building consent is not required for a pergola of any size as long as there is no roofing or cladding attached to it. Pergolas may be attached to a building or stand alone.

If a roof is to be fitted to a stand alone pergola, a building consent is required. If the pergola is attached to a building, and you want to attach a roof, it may now be a veranda or porch.

A building consent is required prior to building a veranda or porch that is over 30 square metres in size, or between 20 and 30 metres if not designed by a Chartered Professional Engineer or designed and constructed by a Licensed Building Practitioner.

Please read these requirements for Verandas and Porches to be exempted from Building Consent.

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 veranda or porch:

  • Timber or steel framing member details and treatment
  • Footing details
  • Connection details including connection to dwelling if needed
  • Roofing and flashing details
  • Stormwater disposal details.

Note: Using a qualified draughtsperson or architect should lead to reduced processing times and costs.