Consents for damaged residential properties

Ordinarily, a building consent is required to reinstate building elements that contribute to the buildings structural performance, including bracing elements provided by linings to walls.

To assist with the flood recovery, Council has established a ‘simple consent’ in order to streamline the process of obtaining a building consent and enable the timely reinstatement of wall linings, insulation, floor or wall structures, electrical services etc.

This ‘simple consent’ process is limited to domestic properties due to the particular complexities of commercial property, this is the best way to legitimise the work you will be undertaking. It also means you will be able to apply for a code compliance certificate.

Council will endeavour to get these applications processed in less than the 20 working days prescribed by the Building Act 2004.

If you want to apply for a Building Consent please clearly identify that the building work is to repair damage sustained by ex-Tropical Cyclone Fehi on 1 February 2018. An application form can be collected from Council’s Customer Centre, or see our Building Consents section. The application fee is $375.

Alternatively, occupants of properties where water has inundated can advise what their proposed works are and see if they can qualify for an exemption under schedule 1, section 2. Minor works are likely to be possible under schedule 1, section 2, and if you want to apply for an exemption please clearly identify that the building work is to repair damage sustained by ex-tropical cyclone Fehi on 1 February 2018. Download an application form TAM 006 (128KB DOCX).  The application fee is $100.00.

If you have already stripped wall linings to allow the building to dry out, don’t panic but please do get in touch before you undertake reinstatement works.

Please contact the Team Leader Building Consents or arrange a meeting with the Duty Building Officer to discuss this further, on 03 546 0200.