How building consent applications work

Once an application has been received, the process that Council staff follow when processing the application is prescribed by the Building Act 2004. Here's how it works.

Step 1 - get advice and plan your work

It's important to start the application process well before building is due to start. When your designs and plans are completed, you might want to talk to a member of our Building team, if there's anything you're unsure about.

The duty officer is available from Monday to Friday in our Richmond office between 9.00 am and 3.00 pm. To make an appointment call 03 543 8400, and ask for a time.

Step 2 - put together your application

First, compile your information.  You'll need a Certificate of Title for your property, plans of the work, specifications for the materials used in the work, supporting design and/or engineering reports and professional opinions and/or producer statements.

Tasman District Council has an online building consent application process, so you'll need digital copies of all these.

Step 3 - Council will make sure we have all the necessary information

Before we officially accept your application, we'll do a quick check to make sure the key documents and information are there.  If there's an issue, we'll be in touch.  If not, we'll confirm that your application is accepted. At this stage we'll also ask you for a deposit.

Step 4 - Council will review your proposal against the Building Code

A Building Assurance Officer will review your application and plans, to make sure they meet all the Building Code standards. 

We might also seek input from other areas of Council, such as the planning team, engineering services, or the hazards team.

If we need more information then we will send you a 'Request for Further Information'.

Step 5 - Council will issue your consent

Once we've determined that all the Building Code standards are met, we'll grant your consent.  We'll also advise you of:

  • The complete cost (which you will need to pay before the consent can be issued)
  • The final, approved plans (which you need to keep on site)
  • The inspections that you or your builder will need to arrange during the build.  Some of these might be specialist inspections - typically engineering - that will require a producer statement.
  • Find out more about fees and charges

If we haven't been able to confirm that your project will meet the Building Code, your consent might be refused.  If so we will write to you will a full statement of the reasons.

Step 6 - build your project, and get your inspections done

If your consent was issued with a "Section 37" certificate attached, that means you have resource management issues which need to be resolved (usually with a Resource Consent) before the work can start.

You have 12 months to get started on your project. If we haven't heard from you within that period, we'll be in touch.  You'll be able to apply for an extension.  If you don't, the consent will lapse.

During construction, you or your builder will need to arrange inspections to ensure work is done in accordance with the approved plans. Sometimes work can't continue until an inspection is signed off.

Step 7 - when your build is finished, apply for your Code Compliance Certificate

The final step is to apply for your Code Compliance Certificate.  This is a final inspection that will result in Council issuing you with a Code Compliance Certificate that confirms your build has met all the statutory code requirements.


Last modified: