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Building Consent Documentation Required

Documentation Required for a Building Consent

Documentation Required

The table below shows a list of documentation your building consent requires. ​

​Site Plan

​The site plan must be drawn to a suitable scale; 1:100 is preferred. It should include a datum point, contours, finished floor level, siting dimensions, and location of all existing and proposed buildings and infrastructure services.

​Floor Plan

​A floor plan is required for each level of the building; the use of the room and overall floor areas must be noted. For applications involving additions, the floor area of existing and new areas is shown.


​A minimum of four elevations is required, one for each aspect of the building.

​E2 Risk Matrix

​The ‘E2/AS1 risk matrix’ is used to identify any weather tightness features and risks. An E2 risk matrix must accompany all residential applications.

​Cross-section and Long-section

​A minimum of one cross-section and one long-section is recommended.

​Construction details

​Provide construction details to illustrate and describe visual, structural and weatherproof design. These should be drawn at a scale that clearly shows the details.

​Roof Framing Plan

​Roof framing plans (truss manufacturer’s layout) to identify the method of construction (pitched or trussed), and framing/truss members and any associated roof bracing.

​Foundation Plan

​The foundation plan must be dimensioned and identify components of construction.

​Sub-Floor Plan

​A sub-floor plan identifying the position, treatment level and size of piles, spacing, size and treatment level of bearers and floor joists, insulation, and finished floor-to-ground levels for each corner of the building.

​Floor Framing Plan

​Where not otherwise clearly shown, a floor framing or joist layout plan for each additional floor level.

​Plumbing and drainage layout

​A plumbing and drainage layout (schematic) is required for all applications. It should identify fixtures, waste and vent pipe sizes, fixings, materials and the standard used e.g. NZS/AS 3500.  Wall or subfloor bracing calculations Where the works require bracing, calculations for bracing shall be provided.

​Energy Services Plan

​This includes electrical, gas, mechanical ventilation, etc. Where not otherwise clearly shown, an energy services plan is needed showing the location of fixtures such as hot water supply, heat pumps, meter boards, and smoke detectors.

​Accessibility Plan

​An accessibility plan for all commercial applications denoting the location of all accessible features and signage.

​Emergency Services Plan

​Plans showing escape routes for premises intended for public use (for fire-fighting purposes) are required. A copy should be forwarded to the New Zealand Fire Service.

​Producer Statements for Design

​These are statements from suitably qualified and experienced designers or building professionals involved in specific design. Calculations and drawings (where applicable) must accompany producer statements. Architectural drawings must be signed by the engineer verifying specific design details.

​Project-specific Design Calculations

​Design calculations shall accompany the application to support the design.  Design reports could include fire, air-conditioning, mechanical ventilation, geotechnical, etc.

Building Consent Application Form

​The building consent application form is designed in accordance with the requirements of the Building Act 2004 and the Building Regulations 2007. The Building Act requires all sections of this form to be completed in full.  Information collected in this form is utilised by government departments such as the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Statistics New Zealand and the New Zealand Fire Service to assess building trends, changes to the market, building types, etc.

Onsite Wastewater Design Criteria


​Means of Compliance​

​This section of the application form is the most difficult to complete and is often skipped because applicants do not understand it. It is important and must be completed.  This section provides information to Council about how compliance with the building code has been established.


Compliance may be established in several ways; by using the acceptable solutions, alternative solutions, producer statements, product certification, energy works certificates or determinations.  Waivers and modification of the building code may also be requested and should be noted here.

​Specified Systems

​Specified systems are features which are designed to save lives such as emergency warning systems including fire alarms, sprinklers, smoke detectors, etc. Specified systems are not usually installed in residential situations.


Specified systems are unique to a building and complex in nature. If the application involves specified system(s), the compliance scheduled section of the application form must be completed listing all specified systems being added, altered or removed. A schedule listing the inspection, maintenance and reporting procedures for each of the systems must be included with the application.

​List of Building Professionals Involved

​A list of all professionals involved in the project shall be provided at the time of lodgement. If you do not know who the tradespeople will be, this information can be provided at a later stage.


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