Building Consent Fees

What is the Cost of Your Building Consent?

The appropriate Application Fee is to be paid at the time of lodgement with the Council. This application fee is deducted from the final account which is invoiced at the time of granting of the Building Consent.
The cost varies depending on the amount and type of work that is being carried out but is generally time-based. The quality of the information provided at the time of application will affect the overall fees (ie low quality drawings and details will take longer to process, raising the cost).

The fee you will pay for your Building Consent is made up of the following:

  1. The Council's fee for processing the application includes the cost of administration, technical processing (assessing the plans), the projected number of inspections necessary and the assessment of the Project Information Memorandum (PIM) (if supplied).
  2. Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ) Levy:
    Calculated at $1.00 per $1,000 of the project value not less than $20,000.
  3. Ministry of Building, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Levy:
    Calculated at $1.75 per $1,000 of the project value not less than $20,444.

There may also be additional fees if the application has other requirements such as a Compliance Schedule, Certificate for Public Use, Section 77 Certificate (building across two or more lots), etc. Amendments to the original application will incur additional fees.

The Schedule of Fees and Charges are reviewed annually; effective from 1 July each year.