Building Consent Process
Building consent processing time depends on the complexity of your project and whether or not you have provided sufficient information.
All building consents are required to be approved within 20 working days, however: if information is deficient the time clock is stopped and a formal request will be made for further information. The time clock is not restarted until all the requested information is received.
It is possible that your building consent application requires checking by several disciplines; it is possible therefore that the clock maybe stopped on more than one occasion.
This depends on the type of application, cost of work involved and the level of detail provided. Our Fees and Charges are listed on our website and are based on the length of time it takes to process an application and include costs such as:
- Levies payable to the Department of Building and Housing (payable on all applications over $20,000)
- Levies payable to BRANZ (payable on all applications over $20,000)
- Time spent processing the application
- Number of Inspections required (type and number vary depending on application)
- Issue of compliance schedule (if applicable)
- Development contribution (if applicable)
An estimate of the fees involved may be provided, however the final cost will not be known until the application is processed. A fee will apply if you withdraw your application for time already spent processing the application.
Please note that all outstanding fees and charges including development contributions will need to be paid before the Code Compliance Certificate can be issued.
Changes to consented building work are often proposed during a building project. While the 'approved building consent' (obtained before work commences) is the foundation document for most building work, the building consent process does allow for this consent to be altered before or during construction, through the 'building consent amendment process'.
For information on amending your building project see the guide to building consent amendments on the MBIE website.