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Building Consents & Information

Almost all building work requires approval by us through a building consent. A building consent is a legal document, provided by Council, stating that your proposed building, plumbing, drainage and safety requirements comply with the Building Code. 

Council accepts online lodgement of buildings consents.

Apply for building consent

 Save $250 on your consent fees by lodging your Building Consent application online

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Applying for a building consent
Information Sheets
Application Forms
Why do I need a Building Consent?
Building Consent Conditions
What will it cost?
Building Consent Process
Exemptions from a Building Consent
Building Fees & Charges 2018/19

Applying For a Building Consent

Council accepts online lodgement of buildings consents please "click here" to file an online application.

A lot of information is required to apply for a Building Consent in order to ensure everything is covered. More details about this are listed on the Building Consent Application Form.

If you are not familiar with building plans and compliance with the building code you may need to engage a design professional (an architect for example) to supply the required drawings and information and to apply for the building consent for on your behalf.

We recommend you set up a pre-application meeting to ensure you have all the information required.

Completed application packages can be delivered to the Wairoa District Council office at Coronation Square, Queen Street or be posted to Wairoa District Council, PO Box 54, Wairoa 4160. A deposit is payable at this time.

Your application will be checked to ensure the required information is provided before being accepted. Applications will not be accepted if information is missing. This initial check is for content of the application only. A more detailed check will be carried out during the processing of your application.

If you wish to complete an application manually please click on the link below to download forms.

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Information Sheets

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Application Forms

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Why do I need a Building Consent?

If you plan to carry out any building work to a temporary or permanent, movable or immovable structure, then you need a building consent. This is to ensure that the building or structure is safe and sound and fit for purpose.

Here are some examples of work that requires consent:

  • Any structural building including new buildings, additions, accessory buildings (sheds) and re-piling.
  • Plumbing and drainage.
  • Demolition or relocations of existing structures.
  • Heating (fireplaces)
  • Siteworks for building
  • Retaining walls higher than 1.5m or with a driveway near the top.
  • Fences higher than 2.5m and any swimming pool fence.
  • Swimming pools.
  • Decks more than 1.5 from ground level.

All building work must comply with the Building Act 2004 and the Building Code. The Act and the Code are legally binding and if you breach them or don't obtain a building consent you may face penalties.

Building Consent conditions

Conditions may be imposed on the building consent to ensure compliance with certain requirements of the Building Act. Conditions may apply to some aspects of work, and a list of inspection requirements will be included.

Building work must commence within 12 months from the date the building consent was issued. It is important to note that a building consent authority must decide whether to issue a code compliance certificate for building work within 20 working days after the 2 year anniversary date on which the building consent for the building work was granted; or any further period that may be agreed between the owner and the building consent authority concerned.

What will it cost?

The government levies and Wairoa District Council deposit to be paid with the application are calculated on the following basis:

  • BRANZ Levy: 1% of the value of the work when the value, including GST exceeds $20,000.
  • Department of Building and Housing: 0.201% of the value of the work when the value, including GST, exceeds $20,000.
  • Wairoa District Council Consent Deposit: For work less than $100,000, deposit is $400.  For work greater than $100,000, deposit is $1,000. for Commercial Consents the deposit is $1,000.
  • For more detailed information about Fees and Charges, please follow this link to the Annual Plan

Building Consent Process

Pre-Application Advice

We understand that applying for consents can be a complicated process. Fortunately there is a dedicated team on hand to help you through it, step by step.

We advise you to make contact with the building team to set up an appointment before you set out on the application process. Come in and sit down with one of the staff to work out your specific needs – this will ultimately make it easier and faster to get your consent.

Consents cannot be issued without all the required information – be a step ahead and get your application correct from the beginning.

A lot of information can be found on this website. Have a browse through the Building/Planning section to increase your knowledge of the process.

Exemptions from a Building Consent

Section 41 and the first schedule of the Building Act 2004 describes work which may be carried out without a consent. It is regularly updated by the Department of Building and Housing with a wide range of building work being exempted. The full list of exempt building work can be found on the Department of Building and Housing website or you can check with council.

An exemption does not permit building work if that work would be in breach of any other Act e.g. exempt work may still require planning approval.

Note all exempt work is to comply with the Building Code.

View New Zealand Legislation website

Building Fees & Charges

Please have a look below for the Building Department Fees and Charges.

For all Fees & Charges please click the button below.


Building Fees & Charges 2018/19

Building Control Staff    incl. GST
Building Control Officer (per hour)   $137.00
Regulatory Administration Officer (Per Hour)   $112.00
Building/Drainage Consents   incl. GST
Consent Applications Based On Time Occupied    
DBH Levy: the Building Act 2004 requires council to collect a levy of $2.01 per $1000 value of building work valued $20,000 & over    
BRANZ Levy: Building Research Levy Act 1969 requires Council to collect a levy of 0.1% ($1.00 per $1000 value) Of Building work valued $20,000 & over    
Value of Building Work: This is based on the Dept. of Building and Housing costs and Rawlinson's New Zealand Construction Handbook set costs    
NB: Some of the fees are determined by statute/regulation and Council is not able to change them. They are subject to change without notice.    
Central Govt accreditation Audit Fee - under $20,000   $25.00
Central Govt accreditation Audit Fee - under $100,000   $60.00
Central Govt accreditation Audit Fee - over $100,000   $115.00
Central Govt accreditation Audit Fee - Commercial   $170.00
Residential Consent Deposits - Building Work <$100,000 deposit   $400 (dep)
Residential Consent Deposits - Building Work >$100,000 deposit   $1,000.00 (dep)
Commercial Consent Deposit deposit   $1,000.00 (dep)
Manual Lodgement Fee   $250.00
Consent Administration Fee $1 to $124,999 estimated value   $86.25
Consent Administration Fee $125,000 to $499,999 estimated value   $260.75
Consent Administration Fee $500,000 to $999,999 estimated value   $431.25
Consent Administration Fee $1,000,000 to 5,000,000 estimated value (capped at $5 Million) 0.0375%+GST
Solid Fuel Heaters – Free Standing within 20km of Wairoa Township (Includes Accreditation Fee) Note additional inspections at cost   $265.00
Solid Fuel Heaters – Free Standing further than 20km from Wairoa Township (Includes Accreditation Fee). Note additional inspections at cost   $325.00
Solid Fuel Heaters – In Built Heater within 20km of Wairoa Township (Includes Accreditation Fee). Note additional inspections at cost   $325.00
Solid Fuel Heaters – In Built Heater further than 20km from the Wairoa Township (Includes Accreditation Fee). Note additional inspections at cost   $385.00
Marquees (Includes One Inspection - Additional Inspections At Cost)   $200.00
Demolition Consent (Includes One Inspection - Additional Inspections At Cost)   $225.00
Code Compliance Certificate - project up to $19,999   $60.00
Code Compliance Certificate - project value over $20,000   $130.00
Code Compliance Certificate - For consents granted under Building Act 1991 (lodged prior to 30 November 2004)   $130.00
Building Property Files Search   $30.00
Building Consent Amendment   $100.00
Building Consent Cancellation, Lapsing Fee & Refused Fee   $85.00
Swimming Pool Fence Inspection (Plus Mileage & Time)   $135.00
Above Ground Swimming Pool Consent or Registration (Plus Mileage & Time)   $150.00
Certificate Of Acceptance (Plus Normal Inspection & Mileage)    $600.00
Certificate Of Public Use (Plus Mileage & Time)    $255.00
Notice To Fix    $95.00
Administration Fee - Maori Land Court Letter     $50.00
Administration Fee - Road/footpath damage Bond   $50.00
Issue of Consent reports - Monthly (Annual subscription)   $50.00
Issue Of Compliance Schedule   $255.00
Amendments To Certificate Of Compliance Schedule   $115.00
Building Warrant Of Fitness Administration   $100.00
Building Warrant Of Fitness Audit fee   $200.00
Certificate Of Title Registration Of S73 & 74 Notice (Plus Any Inspection Costs)   $300.00
Certificate Of Title Registration Of S77 & 78 Notice (Plus Any Inspection Costs)   $300.00
Application for Building Consent Exemption Fee   $200.00
Entry of Building Report On To Property File   $70.00
Photocopy Charges (refer to administration photocopying charges)
Scanning Building Consent Plans - Standard Fee A4 Sheets & Application Form   $20.00
Scanning - A3 (per sheet)   $2.00
Scanning - A2 & A1 (per sheet)   $5.00
NB: the above are not applicable to fixed fee consents.    
Copy of Certificate of Title   $30.00
Property Information    incl. GST
Land Information Memorandum - 10 working days (Residential/rural Property)   $260.00
Property Information Memorandum   $150.00
Engineering & Planning Fee   $150.00


For more information please contact the Wairoa District Council.

+64 6 838 7309

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