Lodgement of commercial building consents

Applications can be complex. Council recommends you engage a professional to help with the design work and drawings.

Building consent application documents

The building consent application is made up of:

  • a completed application form
  • a completed lodgement checklist (BC78)
  • a certificate of title *
  • a set of plans
  • specifications
  • fire safety report
  • earthquake prone building initial assessment
  • any other documentation as stated on the lodgement checklist that is relevant to your project

* Note: the certificate of title must be less than three months old.  Title can be obtained from the LINZ website.  If the site is new and does not yet have a title, then a subdivision scheme plan is required.

Incomplete applications take a lot of time to work through and this slows the process for other people. Please be conscientious when submitting your application.  Make use of the included check sheet to ensure all the relevant information is supplied to Council.

Referral to the New Zealand Fire Service Commission

Some building consents require referral to the New Zealand Fire Service Commission.  Please see the Gazette article for details.

How to make an appointment for further advice

Please phone 03 546 0200 if you would like to make an appointment to speak to the Duty Building Officer.

Important note

Once a consent has been issued building work must commence within twelve (12) months of the date of issue. If it does not, the consent will lapse and a new consent must be applied for unless an extension of further time to commence work has been applied for and approved by the Building Consent Authority.

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Processing building consents

Certificate for public use