Do I need to know about the building consent process and what is involved?

Yes, it is important to know about the consent process as a building consent is usually needed before a project can begin. The same basic consent and inspection process applies whether building a new home, commercial building or structure and is also subject to renovations, additions, alterations and demolition. It is the architect’s job to draw the plans for the project. Comprehensive plans are required to submit to the building consent authority when applying for a building consent. The cost for a building consent will largely depend on the detail of the plans and specifications of your project. Below are some examples of work that requires a building consent:

  • Structural changes to a building: additions, alterations, re-piling and demolition
  • Plumbing and drainage, this does not include repair and maintenance of existing
  • Relocating a building
  • Installing a wood burner or air-conditioning system
  • Retaining walls higher than 1.5 meters
  • Fences or walls higher than 2 meters, and all swimming pools and their associated fencing
  • Decks, platforms or bridges more than 1 metre above ground level
Consent Process

1.

Complete an application form and submit to the building consent authority.

2.

If the information provided is incomplete, the building consent authority can request further information which could lead to delays so its best to check your application twice to make sure you have not left anything out.

3.

The building consent authority will check the plans thoroughly to determine whether the proposals will meet the requirements of the Building Code and will charge a fee for this process. It’s best to have your plans done right the first time so that you don’t incur extra costs.

4.

The building consent authority has 20 working days to decide whether to grant or refuse a building consent. If more information is needed this can cause delays.

5.

Once fees have been paid, the building consent authority will issue the building consent.

6.

Notify the building consent authority when work begins on a project. A building consent lapses if the building work does not start within 12 months, unless you make arrangements with your building consent authority.

7.

Organise inspections and ensure they are occurring as required.

8.

Finished project and Code of Compliance Certificate (CCC) issued.

Inspectors/ Building Inspections

The building consent authority will set out the inspections that are necessary on the building consent. These inspections will come at certain times during the project. At Style Plus we employ our own quality assurance checklist that prepares us for these inspections and ensures we have not missed anything.

Certificate of Building Compliance

At the end of the project a final inspection for a code compliance certificate (CCC) is required. A CCC is issued after the final inspection of the finished building project and confirms that the building consent authority is satisfied the completed building work complies with the building consent.