Engaging building industry professionals

Getting approval to build

Development that involves construction, or buildings and structures, may require an assessment against the building rules as part of a development approval. Some examples of development include:

  • building a house
  • garage
  • commercial buildings such as offices, shops and schools
  • other buildings and structures such as swimming pools, retaining walls and fences.

Getting building rules consent

An application for building rules consent is assessed against the Building Rules.

The council building surveyor or a private certifier can undertake an assessment and issue the building rules consent. Plans and documentation must be prepared and submitted in accordance with Schedule 5 of the Development Regulations 2008.

Building rules consent is generally granted after a development plan consent has been obtained from the council.

Application fees

Fees are applicable for a building rules assessment. Council assessment fees are prescribed in Schedule 6 of the Development Regulations 2008. Private certifiers can charge their own fee for service.

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Page last updated 21 February 2019

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