Apply for a Building Consent


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Building Consent Process from Start to Finish​​

Pre lodgement meetings

If your building project is a complex addition, architecturally designed dwelling, or commercial building, we recommend a pre-lodgement meeting with Council's officers.  At the meeting we can confirm the adequacy of the information being prepared for the application and/or highlight any areas where additional information will be required.

A pre lodgement meeting may include officers from various Council teams including building, resource consents, engineering or health depending on the nature of the proposed project.

Use our online form to request a call or email back from our building team or book an appointment.

Applying for a building consent


You can submit, manage and track your building consent application from anywhere, at any time through our online services page.​​

Before you begin

  • Know where the property is – if your subdivision is not fully complete, you must lodge your consent under the parent parcel and provide details of the pending Lot and DP numbers
  • Know the owner and have proof of ownership – the owner is listed on the Certificate of Title or on the rates valuation
  • Plans - indicate the scale and sheet size on each plan
  • Specifications must be  merged into one document in PDF format 
  • Supporting documents must be merged into two documents in PDF format.

​​Registering as a new user

Go to the online services page, click on New Users / Register and complete the details.  You'll receive a confirmation email. Click on the link provided, enter your log in details and then enter your token number and you're good to go.

Note you'll only be asked once for a token number the first time you log in.  If you don't have a token number, contact our customer services team on 07 3153030 and they can provide this to you.​ You can proceed wth your application without a token number but it may delay the processing while your profile is verified manually.

Submit the application

  • An agent or owner can lodge the application
  • The application can be shared with other interested parties (see below)
  • The applicant is responsible for identifying which clauses of the building code the project complies with
  • The applicant will receive an email and reference number confirming the application has been received.

Sharing the application with others

  1. Log in and choose the application you wish to share
  2. Click on the 'Share' button on the right of the application
  3. This will take you to the ‘User Permissions’ tab
  4. Enter email address and your message
  5. Add the permissions you wish to share and click send
  6. The person being sent this invite will receive an email from the applicant saying they have been invited to view this information
  7. Simply click on the link and register
  8. Once registered, the information above will appear on both the applicant’s account and the invited person​.

Manage required documents

  • Upload files to the correct folder (e.g. Certificate of Title into the Certificate of T​itle folder)
  • Plans and specifications must be PDF and uploaded as one document each
  • Supporting documents must be PDF, Doc or DOCX and you may upload two separate documents
  • Supporting documents are to include:
      • bracing calculations
      • H1 calculations
      • truss design 
      • lintel/beam design
      • engineering
      • geotechnical report.

  • A copy of the building consent and approved plans must be held on site at all times. This is the applicant's responsibility
  • Please clearly indicate the scale and the sheet size on each plan.​

If your application is refused

If your application is found to be incomplete, you'll receive an email informing you of this and the reasons for refusal.  If this is the case, you'll need to submit a new application.  You can either duplicate the application and update it as required, or complete a new application.  To duplicate click on the button on the right of the application.​​​​

Hardcopy applications

If you're making a hardcopy application, the application pack can be found on our Building Forms​ page.

Page reviewed: 25 Jun 2020 4:26pm