Building Consents & Project Information Memoranda (PIM's)

What is a building consent?

A Building Consent is written authority from the Council to carry out building work that Council considers will comply with the Building Code providing it is constructed in accordance with the details submitted.

Do I need a building consent?

You should contact the Duty Building Officer on 03 687 7236, to determine whether or not your proposed project requires consent(s).

If you are planning a project that involves demolishing, constructing, or altering a building, it is likely you will need some form of consent before you proceed. Here are some examples of work that requires a consent:

  • any structural building including new buildings, additions, alterations, accessory buildings (sheds), and re-piling
  • plumbing and drainage
  • heating (fireplaces), ventilation and air conditioning systems
  • siteworks for a building
  • retaining walls higher than 1.5 metres, or retaining walls with a building or driveway near the top
  • fences higher than 2.5 metres and any swimming pool fence
  • swimming pools
  • decks more than 1.5 metres 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.

Things to Consider

Check to see if your proposed building work complies with the requirements of the District Plan, or is already provided for by an existing Resource Consent. If it isn't, you may need to apply for Resource Consent. Do this by contacting the Duty Planner as above.

Other things to consider:

  • A Services Consent is required for all works carried out associated with Council owned assets systems including public water, sewer and stormwater supplies and any work affected roads and footpaths, including berms.
  • Whether an approval or consent is required from Environment Canterbury
  • Whether your proposed work involves an historic or heritage building. Discuss with the Duty Planner in the first instance.