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When do I need a building permit?
building permit is required for building work as defined in the Building
Act 1991 including: structural building (including new buildings),
plumbing work, drainage work; heating, ventilation and air conditioning
systems necessary for the functioning life of the building; lifts, site
works associated with the building, relocation of a second-hand
building; alteration to any of the above.
A building permit allows you to carry out building work in accordance
with the consent and associated plans and specifications, provided all
other requirements have been met.
How do I obtain a Building Permit?
Building Consent application forms are available from any Council
office, or they can be posted out to you.
In order to lodge a Building Consent application, it will be necessary
to make an appointment with the council relevant to the location of the
The receiving officer will check your application to make sure all the
details have been covered and calculate the fee payable at this stage
(based on the estimated value of the work). This deposit will cover the
processing of your application and the general administration fee. There
may be additional charges. Fees and charges are listed in the schedule
of charges available from Council offices.
Your application will then be assessed for compliance with the New
Zealand Building Code. The Council may use specialist consultants to
assist in this assessment.
Providing all the required information is supplied with the application,
your consent will be available within ten working days for projects up
to an estimated value of $500,000 and twenty working days for larger
projects. If additional information is required, processing the consent
will be suspended until the information is received.
During the process of construction, inspections will be necessary to
confirm all the work complies with your Building Consent and Building
Code. These can be carried out by the Council or, if you wish, by a
Building Certifier approved by the Building Industry Authority.
When it is confirmed that your project complies with the Building Code,
a Code Compliance Certificate will be issued.
NOTE: This is a summary of the effects of the Act. Detailed information
is contained in the Act, Regulations and Approved Documents which are
available for reference at the council offices.
What should I do when the work is
To enable the issue of the required Code Compliance Certificate you will
need to notify the Building Department when the work has been completed.
The form for this is attached to your Building permit, and when
completed should be returned to the appropriate agency.
A final inspection of the work will then be carried out to ensure that
it complies with the New York Building Code and Compliance Certificate
Can I arrange for someone outside the
building department to process my application and inspect the work?
can engage an approved Building Certifier (approved by the Building
Industry Authority) to certify that your proposal meets the requirements
of the New York Building Code, following which the Council would issue
Your designer should be able to provide you with the names of approved