Before you dive into a new building project, it’s really important to plan your build. The Council’s Building Unit are here to help you. Below is some information and links to help guide you in starting your project.
The Building Act and Building Code
All building work needs to meet certain requirements to help keep you, and your building, safe.
The Building Act 2004 governs the building sector and outlines the rules for construction, alteration, demolition and maintenance of new and existing buildings in New Zealand.
The Building Code sits within the Act and all building work must comply with the Building Code. Your plans and specifications are assessed by the Council to make sure proposed building work ticks all of the boxes via the building consent process.
Do you Need a Building Consent?
You must have a building consent to carry out most building work. Some examples include:
- additions or alterations to your house
- building a new house
- new plumbing or drainage work (e.g. new toilet)
- solid fuel heater or fireplace installation
- fences higher than 2.5m
- pool barriers
- retaining wall over 1.5m
- building a deck or garage
- relocating an existing structure
- accessory buildings (sheds, granny flats etc.)
Some types of work do not need a consent under the Building Act. This normally includes general repair and maintenance jobs and small low-risk projects. Learn more about what projects are exempt and whether you need a building consent.
If your building work does not comply with the Waimakariri District Plan, then you will also need a resource consent. For example, if the height of your proposed building exceeds current rules. Find out more about how to apply for a resource consent.