A building consent is a legal document and formal approval that allows you to carry out building work. A consent assures that the work complies with the requirements of the New Zealand Building Act 2004, Building Regulations and Building Code.
Waimakariri District Council is responsible for issuing building consents within the Waimakariri District.
Your builder or designer can apply for a building consent for you and act as your designated agent, but you, as the owner, are responsible for ensuring that the application complies with all Council and Building Act requirements.
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.