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Building Consent is required for the following:
These projects may also require Resource Consent. Check the Resource Consents page of this website for information.
All building consents are lodged online via an electronic consenting system called Objective Build. See the tutorials here:
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.
You will need the following documents (in pdf form) before you can submit your application:
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 may no longer require a building consent:
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 may not need a building consent, all work must meet the Building Code and some work requires a professional. Some projects also require Resource Consent (see 'Resource Consents' tab in the side bar). It's important that homeowners know there are still rules that need to be followed.
You're responsible for your building projects.
All the information you need to make your decision is available at https://www.building.govt.nz/buildit
The Westland District Council now processes all building consents online via an electronic system called Objective Build.
To allow unfinished work of any Building Consent to continue beyond two years from the date that consent was granted, an application for an extension of time must be applied for. If no application is made then consent will expire and the Code Compliance Certificate will not be issued.
A minor variation is a minor modification, addition, or variation to a building consent that does not deviate significantly from the plans and specifications to which the building consent relates.
To install a new or replacement log burner, diesel heater etc., you or your plumber need to apply for Building Consent via the Alpha One online consenting system.
This Spaceheater Specification form should be filled in and attached to your application as a pdf.
If your heater has a wetback for hot water, it must be fitted by a Licensed Plumber.
Where work has been undertaken without a Building Consent having been uplifted and certification is required as to the apparent standard of the work, application can be made for a Certificate of Acceptance. It is likely that a Certificate of Acceptance would be associated with other legal proceedings relating to the unlawful building work. It may be necessary for you take legal advice. These applications should be submitted through the AlphaOne online portal.
All applications MUST be accompanied with detailed plans, including site plan, floor plan, elevations, cross sections etc and supporting information including, bracing details, engineer details (if any), ground bearing report, specifications, truss certificates and any other information to support your application. If these details are not provided your application may be rejected.
Often a building that is to be used by the public will only be partially completed before being opened. A Code Compliance Certificate can not be issued until all the building work has been issued and so the Building Act requires a Certificate of Public Use to be issued for either the whole premises or part of the premises while waiting for the building work to be completed to be issued a Code Compliance Certificate. You can only apply for a Certificate of Public Use for work being undertaken with a Building Consent.
A Building Consent is required for the installation of all on-site wastewater disposal systems. All applications require the form 'Evaluation and Information for Onsite Wastewater Disposal' to be completed by a plumber/drain layer/engineer for inclusion with the building consent application. The form can be found on the West Coast Regional Council website at this link :
Residential and small to medium sized apartment buildings are classed as Restricted Building Work and must be designed and constructed by Licensed Building Practitioners. LBP’s include Designers/Carpenters/Roofers/External Plasterers/Brick and Blocklayers/Foundation Specialists/Professional Engineers/Architects/Plumbers and Gasfitters.
The following forms are required to be completed by the Licensed Building Practitioners:
Residential and small to medium sized apartment buildings are classed as Restricted Building Work and must be designed and constructed by Licensed Building Practitioners.
LBP’s include Designers/Carpenters/Roofers/External Plasterers/Brick and Blocklayers/Foundation Specialists/Professional Engineers/Architects/Plumbers and Gasfitters.
The form is required to be completed for a request for waiver or modification in respect of Compliance with Building Code Clause B2 Durability on a Code Compliance Certificate. This form must be completed by the owner or agent.
Where a premises has an existing Compliance Schedule and a change needs to be made to the Schedule because of building work undertaken or changes to the way the building is used, it is likely that a change could be required to the Compliance Schedule.
On the 1st January 2017 the following legislation came into effect. The Building (Pools) Amendment Act 2016 replaced the Fencing and Swimming Pools Act 1987.
Key changes include:
You can read more about restricting access to residential pools on the Building Performance website.
Swimming Pool barriers and fences require Building Consent.
A sleepout is an Accessory Building to a main dwelling and can't be built on its own. This is because a sleepout can not contain a bathroom, drinking water supply, or kitchen facilities - if it does, it is considered a minor dwelling and would need both Building and Resource Consent. It can contain a solid fuel heater, as can a garage, but this would need Building Consent.
An exempt sleepout also needs to be its own height away from the boundary. It needs to be built to the Building Code and may require supervision by an LBP or design certified by a Engineer, depending on the building materials.
You must install smoke alarms if the detached building is going to be used for sleeping.
See MBIE's notes: Notes for single-storey detached buildings