Processing your Application
Building control officers will evaluate your application to ensure it meets the requirements of the Building Act and the Building Code.
There is a requirement for some applications to be sent to the design review unit of Fire and Emergency New Zealand. There will be additional fees to pay if your application needs to be sent there.
Once Council is satisfied on reasonable grounds that the requirements of the Building Act and Building Code will be met if building work is completed in accordance with the plans and specifications, you will be advised your building consent has been approved.
Building consent and associated documentation will be released once the final building consent invoice has been paid in full.
Your consent will advise the number of inspections you will need, how to book inspections, and details of any specific conditions attached to your Building Consent.
A copy of the building consent and approved plans must be held on site at all times. This is the applicant's responsibility.
If your application for a building consent is refused, we will let you know the reasons why.
Decisions to Grant the building consent are based on technical competence and experience of the building officer being satisfied on reasonable grounds that the plans and the officers assessment will ensure that compliance with the Building Code will be achieved.
If your building consent application is accepted for processing (meaning you have all required information), then Council has 20 working days to process your application. The ‘clock’ stops if we need to ask you for further information. The ‘clock’ starts again once when Council has received all the required information
There are five specific conditions that can be applied to an issued Building Consent and owners and builder/developers should ensure that they understand these and their implications:
An important part of the checking of your Building Consent is the identification of any Resource Management Act requirements under the various Plans that contain rules to minimise effects on the environment.). The Planners check that the building and activity are permitted and comply with the relevant standards such as earthworks, on-site parking, noise, maximum height, shading, outdoor living and service courts, lighting and setbacks. A building activity that is not a permitted activity, or is a permitted activity but does not comply with the relevant standards, may be required to obtain a Resource Consent as well as a Building Consent to authorise the building consent process and activity. If the Building Consent is ready before the Resource Consent the Building Consent will be issued with a Certificate (Section 37) that prevents the commencement of the building work before the Resource Consent is issued.
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