Gather your information

You'll need several documents before you can submit your application.

You (or your architect or builder) will need to prepare several documents before you can submit your application. You'll need:

  • A Certificate of Title (less than 3 months old) including any Consent Notices
  • Plans
  • Specifications
  • Professional opionions or producer statements
  • Supporting documents - design and/or engineering reports

We recommend online applications, so these should be prepared as PDF files. We can accept paper applications if necessary, but this will incur additional fees.


Your drawings should include the level of detail seen in the guide. 

Download the Guide to applying for building consent (residential buildings)(external link)

Drawing conventions should generally conform to AS/NZS 1100.

Naming your documents

Please follow these naming conventions when you prepare your documents. If your documents aren't in this format, we reserve the right to return them to you, as it affects our ability to process your application in time. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Document Naming convention Examples
Certificate of Title [address]-CT 1ExampleStreet-CT.pdf

Project plans, including Truss and Frame design and Services plans.

E2 Risk Matrix - preferably with elevations

[address]-PLANS 1ExampleStreet-PLANS.pdf

Specifications, including:

  • Manufacturers' literature (provide site specific pages only, not necessarily a full copy of the manual).
  • Bracing calculations if not on plans
  • H1 Calculations
  • Construction details usually attached to specifications
 [address]-SPECIFICATIONS  1ExampleStreet-SPECIFICATIONS.pdf

Specialist site reports, including:

  • Fire protection
  • Accessibility
  • On-site wastewater disposal system
  • Geotechnical Reports
  • Engineer PS1, calculations and details
 [address]-SUPPORTINGDOCS  1ExampleStreet-SUPPORTINGDOCS.pdf

There may be other documents included in your application, such as design calculations not listed above, an LBP memorandum, the Owner's letter of approval, etc.

[address]-OTHER 1ExampleStreet-OTHER.pdf

Please don't...

  • Upload any file format other than PDF
  • Lock or password-protect the PDF files.

Please do...

  • Follow the naming conventions
  • Create separate PDFs for each of the requested files - don't combine them into one
  • Bookmark and label each page in the Plans PDF
  • Bookmark and label each section in the Specifications PDF
  • Bookmark and label each report in the Supporting docs PDF.

Ready to apply?

Once you have all your documents ready, you can submit your application.

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