Do I need a building consent? 

A building consent is required before building a sleepout if it exceeds 10 square metres in floor area, or if it would contain sanitary fixtures, cooking facilities, or potable water.

A building consent is required if the sleepout will be closer than its own height to a boundary or a residential accommodation building, even if it was under 10 square metres in floor area. A sleepout that is not used in connection with a dwelling also requires a building consent.

What information is needed?

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

  • Site plan including the location of the proposed sleepout and the other buildings on-site.
  • Stormwater discharge details.
  • Foulwater (sewer) discharge details if sanitary facilities are to be included. Note: if on a rural site this may result in a requirement to upgrade the on-site effluent disposal system.
  • Proposed smoke alarm locations to both the sleepout and any existing dwellings on the same site.

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