If your project needs a building consent and you start work without one, you’re committing an offence – and the penalties include fines of up to $200,000 and the removal of the work you’ve done.
In addition, the work won’t qualify for a Code Compliance Certificate, which may make it difficult to sell the building, and even to get insurance.
If we learn that you’re building without a consent, we may issue you with a ‘Notice to Fix’, which means you’ll have to:
- apply for a building consent or an amendment to an existing building consent, or
- apply for a ‘Certificate of Acceptance’, which is a statement from us that the work you’ve done complies with the New Zealand Building Code, or
- stop the building work straight away, and not start again without our permission.
Apply for a Certificate of Acceptance (PDF 300 kb).
You can use this checklist (PDF 105 kb) to make sure you have everything covered.