Here’s how the process works when you, or your agent or architect, lodge your building consent application:
- We check your application form and the plans and specifications to make sure we have all the information we need, and calculate the deposit fee.
- You pay the deposit fee.
- The statutory 20 working days time clock starts.
- We check your application to make sure it complies with the New Zealand Building Code. We may ask a specialist consultant to help with this.
- We contact you, your agent or your architect with any questions during the assessment process. The statutory 20 working days time clock starts.
- If we approve your application the time clock stops and we get in touch to let you know, and advise you whether there are any more fees to pay.
- Once you’ve paid any required fees, you can receive your consent documents:
- by email, or
- by post as hard copy (a fee applies), or
- in person, by collecting them at the Council offices.
If we decline your application
We occasionally decline applications for building consent. This is usually because:
- information that we’ve asked for hasn’t been supplied in a reasonable timeframe, or
- there’s not enough detail to prove that the work will comply with the New Zealand Building Code.
If this is the case we’ll write to you and explain why we’ve declined your application. Our letter will include an invoice for processing costs.