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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.

Applying For a Building Consent

Council accepts online application lodgements of buildings consents.

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

Apply online

 

A lot of information is required to apply for a Building Consent in order to ensure everything is covered. For more details read the Building Consent information sheets.

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.

Information Sheets

Application Forms

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.
  • Detailed information about Building Control Fees and Charges

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 Control Fees & Charges

Building Control Fees and Charges approved for 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.

All fees and charges are inclusive of GST (except as noted *).

Building Control Fee (incl GST)
 
Building Control Staff
Building Control Officer (Per Hour)$137.00 
Regulatory Administration Officer (Per Hour)$112.00 
Building/Drainage Consents
Note: Consent Applications Based On Time Occupied
Note: 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
Note: 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
Note: Value of Building Work: This is based on the Dept of Building and Housing costs and Rawlinson's New Zealand Construction Handbook set costs
Note: Some of the Fee are determined by statute/regulation and Council is not able to change them. They are subject to change without notice.
Note: The charges below are not applicable to fixed fee consents.
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 Administation 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) additional inspections at cost$265.00 
Solid Fuel Heaters - Free Standing further than 20km from Wairoa Township (Includes Accreditation Fee) additional inspections at cost$325.00 
Solid Fuel Heaters - In Built Heater within 20km of Wairoa Township (Includes Accreditation Fee) additional inspections at cost$325.00 
Solid Fuel Heaters - In Built Heater further than 20km from the Wairoa Township (Includes Accreditation Fee) 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 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 $20.00 
Scanning - A3 (Per Sheet)$2.00 
Scanning - A2 & A1 (Per Sheet)$5.00 
Certificate Of Title
Copy Of Certificate Of Title$30.00 
Property Information
Land Information Memorandum - 10 working days (Residential/Rural Property) $260.00 
Property Information Memorandum$150.00 
Engineering & Planning Fee$150.00 

Infringement Fee - Building Act 2004 Fee (incl GST)
 
Section - Description of offence
s 40 - Failing to comply with the requirement that building work must be carried out in accordance with a building consent$1,000.00 
s 42 - Failing to apply for a certificate of acceptance for urgent building work as soon as practicable after completion of building work$500.00 
s 85(1) - Person who is not licensed building practitioner carrying out restricted building work without supervision of licensed building practitioner with appropriate licence$750.00 
s 85(2)(a) - Licensed building practitioner carrying out restricted building work without appropriate licence$500.00 
s 85(2)(b) - Licensed building practitioner supervising restricted building work without appropriate licence$500.00 
s 101 - Failing to comply with the requirement to obtain a compliance schedule$250.00 
s 108(5)(a) - Failing to display a building warrant of fitness required to be displayed$250.00 
s 108(5)(b) - Displaying a false or misleading building warrant of fitness$1,000.00 
s 108(5)(c) - Displaying a building warrant of fitness other than in accordance with section 108$1,000.00 
s 116B(1)(a) - Using, or knowingly permitting the use of, a building for a use for which it is not safe or not sanitary$1,500.00 
s 116B(1)(b) - Using, or knowingly permitting the use of, a building that has inadequate means of escape from fire$2,000.00 
s 124 - Failing to comply with a notice, within the time stated in the notice, requiring work to be carried out on a dangerous, earthquake-prone, or insanitary building$1,000.00 
s 128 - Using or occupying a building, or permitting another person to do so, contrary to a territorial authority's hoarding, fence, or notice$2,000.00 
s 162E - Supplying a pool product without an approved notice $500.00 
s 168(1) - Failing to comply with any other notice to fix$1,000.00 
s168(1AA) - Failing to comply with a notice to fix in relation to a means of restricting access to a residential pool$500.00 
s 314(1) - Person holding himself or herself out as being licensed to do or supervise building work or building inspection work while not being so licensed$500.00 
s 362D(4) - Failing to provide prescribed disclosure information or failing to provide prescribed checklist $500.00 
s 362F(4) - Failing to have a written contract as prescribed$500.00 
s 362T(4) - Failing to provide prescribed information or documentation to specified persons $500.00 
s 363 - Using, or permitting use of building having no consent or code compliance certificate or certificate for public use for premises for public use$1,500.00 
s 367 - Wilfully obstructing, hindering, or resisting a person executing powers conferred under the Act or its regulations$500.00 
s 368 - Wilfully removing or defacing a notice published under the Act or inciting another person to do so$500.00 
Earthquake-prone building offences
s 133AU(1) - Failing to complete seismic work by deadline $1,000.00 
s 133AU(2) - Failing to comply with requirements to attach EPB notice or EPB exemption notice$1,000.00 
s 133AU(3) - Failing, when EPB notice or EPB exemption notice ceases to be attached or becomes illegible, to notify the territorial authority$1,000.00 
s 133AU(5) - Using or occupying an earthquake-prone building, or permitting another person to do so, contrary to a territorial authorities hording, fence, or notice$2,000.00 
Dam safety offences
s 134(1) - Improper Representation as Licenced Inspector $500.00 
s 134 - Dam owner failing to classify a dam$500.00 
s 138 - Dam owner failing to comply with a direction from a regional authority to have a classification re-audited and submitted$250.00 
s 140 - Dam owner failing to prepare, or arrange the preparation of, a dam safety assurance programme and submit it for audit$500.00 
s 145 - Dam owner failing to comply with a direction from a regional authority to have a dam safety assurance programme re-audited and submitted$250.00 
s 150(4)(a) - Dam owner knowingly failing to display a dam compliance certificate required to be displayed$250.00 
s 150(4)(b) - Dam owner displaying a false or misleading dam compliance certificate$1,000.00 
s 150(4)(c) - Dam owner displaying a dam compliance certificate other than in accordance with section 150$1,000.00 
s 154 - Dam owner failing to comply with a notice, within the time stated in the notice, requiring work to be carried out on a dangerous dam$2,000.00 

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