Check out our fees to get an idea of how much you’ll need to pay. Note a deposit fee will apply when you lodge your application. The building fee calculator may help you work out your costs.
You may also have to pay a ‘development contribution fee’ if you are:
- subdividing land and creating new lots, or selling part of a lot (often the backyard) to enable another house to be built
- building another house on a lot that already has one
- building a retail, commercial or industrial (‘non-residential’) building
- expanding the floor area of a non-residential building by more than 10m2
- changing the use of a non-residential building, but only if that change is accompanied by a more intensive use of the building. For example, converting a warehouse to offices would result in a significant increase in traffic and water/wastewater use
- using a residential building for non-residential purposes
- altering or adding to an existing house or flat and in doing so creating a separate, self-contained dwelling
- connecting new water, wastewater and stormwater services. This typically applies when someone plans to sublet or sell part of a non-residential building that doesn’t yet have these services.
You won’t have to pay a development contribution fee if you’re doing additions or alterations to your home, or if you’ve already paid it as part of the fee for a resource consent.
Find out more about development contribution fees.
Apply for a building consent.