All building consents are lodged online via an electronic consenting system called AlphaOne.
Please see the links below for information relating to your application – relevant forms should be downloaded, completed, and attached to your online application. Feel free to contact us if you need assistance, or visit our FAQs section for additional information.
Building Consent Exemptions
From 31 August 2020, some building projects no longer need a building consent, making it faster and easier for people to turn their building dreams into a reality.
These are the types of building projects that no longer require a building consent:
- Single-storey detached buildings such as sleepouts, sheds and greenhouses (up to 30 square metres).
- Carports (up to 40 square metres)
- Ground floor awnings, verandas and porches (up to 30 square metres).
Solar panel arrays, permanent outdoor fireplaces or ovens, water storage bladders for irrigation and firefighting purposes, short-span small bridges, hay barns and pole sheds are also included.
Even though these building projects don't need a building consent, all work must meet the building code and some work requires a professional. It's important that homeowners know there are still rules that need to be followed.
You're responsible for your building projects
If you own the property, you own the responsibility. This means you must check whether your building project requires a building consent or not.
All the information you need to make your decision is available at https://www.building.govt.nz/buildit
Information required to submit a building consent
You will need the following documents (in pdf form) before you can submit your application:
- A Record of Title (less than 6 months old)
- project plans, including site plans, floor plans, services, elevations, electrical plans
- Supporting documents
- Includes brace calculations, truss certificates, on-site wastewater details, engineers documents and calculations, cladding specifications (specific to the job and not the entire document), memorandum of design work etc.
This guide from will also be able to assist you with what you need to provide when applying for a building consent: Click here to view the Guide to applying for a building consent (residential buildings)
Application Documentation and Instructions