Building Services Fees & Charges

The building services fees and charges are effective from 1 July 2017, and are inclusive of GST.  Payment can be made via Cheque/Eftpos/Cash or Online Banking (to pay Online please change your valuation number to the Building Consent Number). Any failed inspections and/or amendment fees are to be paid prior to the issue of Code Compliance Certificate.

Note: A deposit is required for all consent applications before it is formally received (please refer to the deposit schedule for fees). Minor works fixed fee applications are required to be paid in full before it is formally received. Additional fees may be charged when costs to assess a Minor Works fixed fee application are exceeded. 


 Fee
Project Information Memorandum
Where costs to process the application exceed the fee then additional time will be charged at the hourly rate.
Minor projects with an estimated value less than $20,000$200.00
Projects with an estimated value greater than $20,000$290.00
New and relocated dwellings$375.00
Commercial and industrial projects$442.00
Hourly rate where time exceeds the scheduled fee (charged in addition to the standard fee)$156.00
Services and compliance check$175.00
Building consent processing and approval (hourly rate)$156.00
Inspection fee
Site inspections (based on 0.8 of an hour)$150.00
Each additional hour or part hour (if required)$156.00
Code Compliance Certificate deposit (Fee charged will be based on time spent)
Non Fixed fee applications up to $ 50,00 (residential)$156.00
Single dwelling / relocated dwelling/ residential alterations > $50,000$275.00
Multiple and group dwellings$350.00
Commercial / industrial / communal alterations and additions < $50,000$250.00
Commercial / industrial / communal alterations and additions > $50,000$430.00
New commercial or industrial projects$500.00
Code Compliance Certificate for consents over two years old - hourly rate applies$156.00
Log burners
Free-standing (single inspection)$390.00
Inbuilt heating unit/central heating system$450.00
Failed or additional inspection$150.00
Minor works fixed fee (to be paid on application)
Where costs to assess the application exceed the fee then additional time will be charged at the hourly rate.
Single hay barn or implement shed* < 162 m2 (no services, concrete slab or linings, includes two inspections and Code Compliance Certificate)$975.00
Garage/workshop < 60 m2 (no services, linings or firewall, includes two inspections and Code Compliance Certificate)$958.00
Minor residential alterations < $5,000 (remove wall, enable type bathroom etc., assumes one inspection only)$660.00
Conservatory < 16 m2 (includes two inspections and Code Compliance Certificate)$960.00
Marquees (single inspection)$194.00
Swimming pool (above ground)$150.00
Swimming pool (below ground) (includes two inspections and Code Compliance Certificate$761.00
Solar water heating panels$732.50
There is no PIM included. Fixed fees cover the cost of a services and compliance check sheet; if a PIM is required a separate fee is payable.
Fixed fee charges are offered on the basis that all information required to determine compliance with the Building Code and/or the District Plan are satisfactory to determine compliance. If the Council has to seek further information to address shortfalls in the documentation, additional fees will be charged NB: if the project is valued at $20,000 or more the fixed fee will increase by the value of the MBIE and BRANZ levies.
* Fixed fee covers a consent for a single barn. If two barns are being built with a combined area of less than 162 m2 two fees apply.
Administration fee
Where costs to administer the application exceed the fee then additional time will be charged at the hourly rate.
Outbuildings not covered by the fixed fee$260.00
Dwelling alterations and additions < $50,000$260.00
Dwelling alterations and additions > $50,000$320.00
Single dwelling/relocated dwelling$355.00
Multiple/group dwellings$460.00
Non-residential additions and alterations < $50,000 $300.00
Non-residential additions and alterations > $50,000$400.00
New non-residential$420.00
Deposit schedule (includes administration fee)
Outbuildings not covered by fixed fee$761.00
Dwelling alterations and additions < $50,000$812.00
Dwelling alterations and additions > $50,000$1,022.00
Single dwelling/relocated dwelling$1,635.00
Multiple/group dwellings **$2,146.00
Non-residential additions and alterations < $50,000$1,022.00
Non-residential additions and alterations > $50,000$1,635.00
New non-residential$2,146.00
** Multiple/group dwellings covers a block of connected dwellings. Two or more stand-alone dwellings on a site require a deposit for each dwelling.
Fencing of swimming pools
Existing pool registration and inspection$150.00
Application fee for an exemption to the requirements of the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987$470.00
Spa pools and pools that do not require inspection by the Committee$200.00
Failed inspection$150.00
Building Research Levy (BRANZ)
The Building Research Levy is authorised under the Building Research Levy Act 1969. Under this Act, 0.1% of the contract value (exceeding $20,000) of every construction project put forward for building consent in New Zealand is payable by the builder to Building Research. The intent is to provide money for research into improved techniques and materials for use in the building industry.

Building Levy (MBIE) The Building Levy is authorised under the Building Act sections 53, 55, and 402, and provides for the Governor-General to set the levy in a Building Levy Order. This levy is used to fund the department's functions under the Building Act 2004. It is now set at $2.01 per $1,000 of building work for which there is a consent, and is only collected on building works valued at $20,000 or more.
Accreditation Levy ($0.60 for every $1,000 of estimated value)
An accreditation levy is payable on all building consents to cover costs of meeting the standards and criteria required under Building (Accreditation of Building Consent Authorities) Regulations 2006.

Exemption from the need for building consent under Schedule 1(2) Building Act 2004
Hourly rate$156.00
Inspection of second-hand timbers and relocated buildings
Hourly rate$120.00
Inspection outside Waimakariri District, kilometre charge$0.82
Building Warrant of Fitness (BWOF)
Where costs to assess and administer a BWOF exceed the renewal fee then additional time will be charged at the hourly rate.
BWOF hourly rate$156.00
Annual BWOF renewal fee$225.00
Council issue of an amended Compliance Schedule hourly rate$156.00
Certificate of Acceptance (COA)
Deposit for a Certification of Acceptance (non-refundable)$515.00
Where costs to process a Certificate of Acceptance exceed the deposit then additional time will be charged at the hourly rate. Under section 96(1) of the Building Act 2004 the application must be accompanied by any fees, charges or levies that would be payable had the owner or the owner's predecessor in title applied for a building consent before carrying out the work. This is calculated on a case by case basis for each application.
Certificate of Acceptance per hour$156.00
Notice to Fix hourly rate applies plus disbursements$156.00
Certificate of Public Use (CPU)
Where costs to process a CPU exceed the fee then additional time will be charged at the hourly rate.
Application fee for Certificate of Public Use (including one inspection)$230.00
Certificate of Public Use per hour$156.00
Additional inspections$150.00
Compliance Schedule (CS)
Where costs to assess and issue a Compliance Schedule exceed the fee then additional time will be charged at the hourly rate.
Issue and register Compliance Schedule$200.00
Application fee to amend Compliance Schedule (s.106)$165.00
Compliance Schedule hourly rate$156.00
Compliance Schedule (s.107) hourly rate (where Council chooses to amend CS)$156.00
Extension of time
Where costs exceed the fee then additional time will be charged at the hourly rate.
Application to extend time beyond two years for building consent (file assessment)$99.00
Extension of time to start work on issued consent$99.00
Plus progress site visits/inspections hourly rate$150.00
Inspection of relocated dwellings$120.00
Kilometre charge$0.82
Building consent amendment
Change to truss design (< 30 minutes processing)$92.00
Other amendments hourly rate$156.00
Miscellaneous fees
Plans submitted for pre-permit checks, hourly rate$156.00
Inspection of any other building works, hourly rate$156.00
Accreditation fee charged per $1000.00 of building value$0.60
Structural check fee for checking of structural calculationsAt cost
NZ Fire Service reviewAt cost
Any other building elements subject to peer reviewAt cost
Register of section 72 and 74 certificate under the Building Act 2004At cost
Memoranda to grant waiver under section 67 of the Building Act 2004At cost
For searching drawings and other documents after completion of works$10.20
Supply of a single copy of the monthly building consent register:
    per month$13.30
    per annum$146.15
Drainage plans (new dwellings and alterations)$60.00
Transferred consents: auditing, inspections, additional reports, disbursementsAt cost
Vehicle crossing inspection$61.30
Amusement device inspection$12.80
Any matter covered by the Building Act 2004 s. 219 and not itemised in the schedule of fees and charges - hourly rate$156.00