Building consent charges and fees

Find out about Hutt City Council's fees and charges for building consents.


Our application fees cover our initial administration and processing time and the specified number of inspections.

They don’t include:

  • additional administration, processing and inspection fees
  • disbursement costs
  • consultants’ fees (at cost)
  • the BRANZ levy ($1 per $1,000 for works valued at $20,000 and over)
  • the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment levy ($1.75 per $1,000 for works valued at $20,444 and over).

Building consent application fees (PDF 88.1KB)

We’ll let you know the details of these additional fees once the application process is complete.

If you withdraw or cancel your application, any refund will reflect the time our team have already spent processing it.

Our Fee Calculator is designed to help you plan your project by estimating your initial Building Consent fees.

Fee Calculator

Property developers and new home builders are adding value to our city and helping us to grow. Their activities often require us to invest in new infrastructure, recreational facilities and community services.

To help cover the costs of these investments (and relieve other ratepayers from paying for them), we charge:

  • development contribution fees which go towards paying for growth-related infrastructure such as water, wastewater, stormwater, transport and roading services
  • reserves fees which go towards expanding our network of parks, reserves, playgrounds and sports grounds.

These fees apply to anyone:

  • 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 mean 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 the 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.

Development and Financial Contributions Policy 2021-2031

How much will it cost?

Development Contributions

Development contributions are calculated differently depending on:

  • whether the property is residential or non-residential
  • which part of the city the property is in
  • how large the new or additional floor area is
  • for non-residential properties whether the development is for retail, commercial or industrial purposes

If you would like to get an idea of the development contributions payable try our calculator. For non-residential development you will need the gross floor area and the new impervious area. For residential development you will need the number of units and their size.

Development Contributions calculator

Development Contributions info sheet 2022/2023

Reserve contributions

Reserve contributions are up to 7.5% of the value of a new allotment created by a subdivision.

  • for rural lots up to a maximum of $5,000
  • for residential lots up to a maximum of $10,000
  • there is no maximum for non-residential lots.

Talk to Council before submitting your application in a free pre-application meeting– we will make sure the right people are around the table to help you.

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