What supporting information is required

Information such as plans, specifications, producer statements etc, that are sufficient to demonstrate the proposed building work will comply with the Building Code will be required. If you are unsure how to comply with the requirements of the Building Code you will more than likely require the services of a competent designer or at least someone that is familiar with the consenting process as this may seem a bit daunting for some.

Please refer to the following guidance on the information required to be submitted:

Proof of ownership

A Certificate of Title (CT) is required for all new buildings and additions. The CT may hold valuable information about the property (Interests) such as notices made under the Resource Management Act, easements or consent notices, which may affect your building project. The CT is to be no more than three months old and if not in your name you must also provide either:

  • An unconditional Sale and Purchase Agreement; or
  • If leasing the property, a copy of the Lease Agreement between yourself and the property owner; or
  • A copy of a rates invoice (for minor internal building work only) may be accepted.

Owner Authorisation

This is required when an agent (person other than the owner) applies for a consent on the owners behalf and therefore the BCA needs to know the owner is aware and has approved the agent to act on their behalf.

Licenced Building Practitioner Memorandum

A design statement from the licenced designer/s, verifying their design of restricted building work.

Project Information Memorandum

If you applied for a PIM prior to your Building Consent you must provide a copy of this with your building consent application.

Resource Consent

Where applicable a copy of the approved consent must be provided with your building consent application.

One set of plans and specifications

NOTE: all plans must be on a scale that is easily viewable to assess electronically, preferably A3 size, as large scaled drawings (A2-A1) involve an increased amount of processing time to determine the details are compliant.

  • Site plan - drawn to scale, indicating all features, identifying north, distances to boundaries and other buildings on site, land contours.
  • Foundation plan - fully dimensioned, clearly indicating gradients, pipe sizes, schematics and materials.
  • Plumbing and Drainage plan - fully dimensioned, clearly indicating gradients, pipe sizes, schematics and materials.
  • Floor plans - for each level of the building, fully dimensioned, clearly indicating all rooms, location of doors & windows, all access routes, full details of layouts.
  • Cross sections - showing all relevant construction details, all materials.
  • Framing details - all manufacturers design details and statements, all fixing details, all materials.
  • Construction details - all materials, all fixings, all cladding junctions etc.
  • Written specifications - Specifications should further define the building work including details of all materials to be used, finishes, and equipment to be installed.  These must be relevant to the project.
  • Bracing Design - bracing plan, design features & calculations, design schedule.
  • Ground conditions report (Geotech report) - This will show why or how ‘good ground’ has been established using Section 3 of NZS 3604:2011, or a specific ground assessment and a relevant foundation design by a suitably qualified and competent engineer.
  • Engineering design - producer statement (PS1 and or PS2), calculations, plans, construction details, all fixings, specified materials, design summary, CPEng verification.
  • External & Internal waterproofing details - all wet areas, all surface finishes, all materials, all manufacturers installation details.
  • Solid fuel heaters - all manufacturers’ installation instructions, location of appliance (floor plan). However this work can be applied for separately, refer to separate application form 2H.
  • Sediment control management plan - this requirement is dependent on the site location therefore please check with council if this is required.
  • Alternative solutions - if the proposal uses products or systems that are not covered in an Acceptable Solution of the Building Code or a sited standard, you will need to provide supporting relevant information including independent test results, case studies, expert opinion to demonstrate compliance.
  • Specified systems / compliance schedules / compliance schedule statements - a Compliance Schedule is a document listing the inspections, maintenance and reporting procedures for specified systems in a building (such as automatic fire sprinkler, fire alarms, lifts, air conditioning systems, evacuation systems, etc.) to ensure their continued safety of operation.  This also includes residential cable cars attached to a building.  The applicant must provide to the BCA any inspection, maintenance and reporting procedures for specified systems for new and existing, so the BCA can issue the compliance schedule and code compliance certificate (CCC).

Further information may be requested once you have submitted your consent application. This is to ensure that your application can be fully assessed for compliance with the building code.

Please check with the Council if you are undertaking large or complex projects as the following items may also be required:

  • Accessibility plan.
  • Emergency services plan.
  • Compliance schedule for specified systems.
  • Design reports for fire safety, air-conditioning, and mechanical ventilation etc.

Last updated: 24 Feb 2021