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.
The work also won’t qualify for a Code Compliance Certificate, which may make it difficult to sell the building and get insurance.
If we learn that you're building without consent
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 either:
- apply for a building consent or an amendment to an existing building consent
- apply for a Certificate of Acceptance (a statement from us that says 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.