The Westland District Building Consent Authority

The Westland District Council is a Building Consent Authority and is charged with many tasks and responsibilities under the Building Act 2004, and as a Territorial Authority, the Council has further responsibilities for functions directly related to building under the Local Government Act and other relevant statutes. This legislation gives rise to many documents which are relevant to the functions of the Council acting as a Building Consent Authority.

Territorial Authority (TA)

The roles and responsibilities of the Westland District Council as a Territorial Authority which are directly related to building control functions include the following:

  • Issuing project information memoranda, building consents subject to waivers or modifications, certificates of acceptance, compliance schedules and amendments and certificates for public use;
  • Administering audits, and enforcing building warrants of fitness;
  • Undertaking functions in relation to dangerous, earthquake-prone and insanitary buildings; and
  • Determining exempt works under schedule 1 of the Building Act 2004.

Building Consent Authority (BCA)

The roles and responsibilities of the Westland District Council as a BCA include the following:

  • Receiving, considering and making decisions on applications for building consents within set time limits;
  • Undertaking inspections of building work to ensure it is compliant with the Building Code and Building legislation; and
  • Issuing building consents (except consents subject to waiver or modification), code compliance certificates, compliance schedules and notices to fix.

Building and Compliance Staff

Although the Building and Compliance staff have an inspection role to undertake, they will provide as much assistance as possible.

Restricted Building Work

If any residential building work is structural and/or affects the weathertightness of the building, it is classed as Restricted Building Work.  This means you must employ a Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) to design and undertake the work.  The LBP engaged must either do the work themselves or supervise the work being undertaken by others.

Further information is available on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website, or phone 0800 242 243 or email info@mbie.govt.nz

Frequently Asked Questions

A range of frequently asked questions can be found here...>

Customer Guides

There are also a number of “Customer Guides” available that cover a wide range of building construction. 

The Council/Building Consent Authority also has a number of trade publications that could be helpful, such as The New Zealand Homeowner’s Building Guide,  and so much more!

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Building Consent Applications and other forms:

Applying for a Building Consent OnLine

The following forms and checklists are provided for your assistance:

For further enquiries, please contact the Building Inspection Team at council@westlanddc.govt.nz