Building consent fees

The Building Units Fees and Charges will apply from 1 July 2016 until further notice.

There have been some significant changes to the commercial fee structure with this update. The key change is that the commercial fee structure requires a deposit and the balance based on time charge. This is in recognition of the complexity of commercial consents bring varied and should provide a fairer fee structure. Other small changes have been made to the Simple Residential and All Tents and Marquee Building Consents. You can download the Building Unit Fees and Charges (213KB PDF)

This change has been reviewed and approved by Council.

General Information regarding building fees and charges

Other Fees and Levies may apply to any Building Consent or Certificate of Acceptance

Charges for ‘Fixed Fee Building Consents’ do not include ‘Fixed Levies’ (see section 1) or Compliance Schedules charges (see section 7) where applicable.

Development and Financial Contributions

Building Consents may also incur Development and/or Financial Contributions (see Council’s brochure “Development Contributions, Financial Contributions, Reserve Contributions, Guide for small scale activity”).

Deposit or Full Fee payable at lodgement (based on estimated value of work)

A deposit of 50% of full fee is required for work valued $50,001 and over (except commercial).

Full fee is required at time of lodgement on work valued $50,000 and under (except commercial).

Where deposit is paid, the remainder of the fee must paid prior to collection of ‘Issued Building Consent’. 

Limitations of ‘Fixed Fee’ and ‘fair and reasonable time use’ (Section 219(2) of the Building Act 2004)

The ‘Fixed Fee’ system is based on reasonable time to complete processing and inspections.

Poor quality and/or insufficient information requiring additional processing time and/or failed/missed inspections will potentially incur additional costs.  These additional charges will be invoiced and must be paid prior to issue of Building Consent and/or Code Compliance Certificate (as applicable).

All outstanding debts must be paid prior to issue of Code Compliance Certificate.

Amendments: All formal amendments to building consents incur hourly charge out rate for Building officer and Administration.

Determinations, Lapsed Consents and Consents without Code Compliance Certificates (CCC) will all be charged at hourly rate

Determinations: Preparation of submission(s) for determination prior to signing Form D2 for the Ministry of Building Innovation and Employment.

Lapsed Consents: 12 months from the date of issue, the building consents will lapse under section 52 of the Building Act 2004, if work has not commenced.  Consents can be extended, prior to lapsing date, for a further period as approved by the Building Consent Authority.

Code Compliance Certificates (CCC) that have not been issued within two years: Under section 93 of the Building Act, the Building Consent Authority must decide whether it can issue a code compliance certificate at 24 months from granting date.

Code compliance certificates (CCC)on older properties: Where the consent is older and no Code Compliance Certificate (CCC) exists, there will be additional costs (per hour rate) to cover the work to decide if a Code Compliance Certificate can be issued.  This includes meeting with the customer, desk top review of the file, any letters, final inspection and other works. 

Building Consent Fee Quick Reference Sheet

Please refer to limitations above.

Fixed Fee Building Consents

Includes reasonable processing, inspection and administration time, planning check and CCC

Fixed Fee 

(inc GST)

Deposit (inc GST)

New Residential (new complete buildings/ workshops/ houses)

Value - up to and including $50,000

$2,000

$2,000

Value - $50,001 to $100,000

$2,900

$1,450

Value - $100,001 to $200,000

$3,250*

$1,625

Value - $200,001 to $450,000

$3,900*

$1,950

Value - $450,001 to $800,000

$4,500*

$2,250

Value - $800,001 to $1,100,000

$5,250*

$2,625

Value - $1,100,001 to 1,600,000

$5,600*

$2,800

Value - $1,600,001 upwards

Time Charge

$3,000

Adaptation and alteration of existing residential buildings

(includes other ancillary buildings i.e. sleep outs, sheds and all retaining walls) to any existing property.

Value - Up to and including $5,000

$500

$500

Value - $5,001 to $10,000

$850

$850

Value - $10,001 to $20,000

$1,650

$1,650

Value - $20,001 to $50,000

$1,950

$1,950

Value - $50,001 to $100,000

$2,900

$1,450

Value - $100,001 to $200,000

$3,250

$1,625

Value - $200,001 to $450,000

$3,900

$1,950

Value - $450,001 to $800,000

$4,500

$2,250

Value - $800,001 to $1,100,00

Refer to new residential fee scale above for works valued over $1,100,000

$5,250

$2,625

Commercial: All works

Value - Up to $10,000

$1,300

$1,300

Value - $10,001 to $20,000

$1,650

$1,500

Value - $20,001 to $100,000

Time charge

$1,150

Value - $100,001 to $200,000

Time charge

$1,800

Value - $200,001 to $450,000

Time charge

$2,250

Value - $450,001 to $800,000

Time charge

$2,625

Value - $800,001 to $1,200,000

Time charge

$2,750

Value - $1,200,001to $4,000,000

Time Charge

$4,250

Value - $4,000,001 upwards

Time charge

$5,000

*Excludes multiple unit projects and ‘Multi-proof’ consents, estimated costs will be advised before consent is issued.

Levies as required by Building Act 2004 and fixed by legislation

Levies as required by Building Act 2004 and fixed by legislation

$ based on value of work

Insurance Levy

$20,000 and over

$0.75 per $1,000 or part of

Building Research Association New Zealand Levy (BRANZ)

$20,000 and over

$1.00 per $1,000

Department of Building and Housing Levy (MBIE)

$20,000 and over

$2.01 per $1,000

Quality Assurance Levy (QA)

$20,000 and over

$1.00 per $1,000

Charge for Hourly Rates of BCA staff, External Contractors and Meetings

Staff, External Contractors and Meetings

Fee (inc GST)

All Building Unit technical/management staff (hourly rate)

$125/hr

Building Control Administrators (hourly rate)

$95/hr

Technical advice or duty meetings and other meetings with Building Unit staff

No fee up to 30 minutes

30 minutes to one hour- $50.00

Additional hours at hourly rate of $125/hr

Schedule 1 Building Act 2004 exemptions meeting

$50.00 per each 30 minutes block or part of

Pre lodgement meetings (Commercial Only)

$50.00 per each 30 minutes block or part of

Lodgement meetings

One included in fixed fee, subsequent meetings at hourly rate of $125/hr

External Consultants engaged by Council to provide expertise not available in house for building consent related peer reviews.

At cost notified by external contractor/peer reviewer