New to the world of building consents? Here are all the basics – from the definition of a building consent to explanations of how to get one and your responsibilities when it arrives.
What's a building consent?
A building consent is official Council permission for you to undertake a project that involves constructing, altering, demolishing or removing a building. It certifies that your project complies with the:
New Zealand Building Code – the performance standards for all building work, covering areas such as structural stability, fire safety, access, moisture control and durability.
Council will grant a building consent once we are satisfied on reasonable grounds that the proposed building work will comply with the building code if the work is completed to the approved plans and specifications.
Building Code specifies your minimum requirements. If you're interested in building beyond the Building Code, watch the video below for some tips to make your home more energy efficient and comfortable.
A building consent is different from a resource consent, which you’ll need if you plan to build on or use your land in a way that wouldn’t comply with the Hutt City District Plan or the Resource Management Act 1991. For some activities you may also need a resource consent from Greater Wellington Regional Council.
We’ll let you know if you need a resource consent when we’ve assessed your building consent application. Find out more about resource consents.