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 10.30 am and 3.00 pm. To make an appointment call 03 543 8400, and ask for a time.
First, compile your information and get digital copies.
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.
These documents are used to help us establish that building works comply with the New Zealand Building Code. They can be provided by suitably qualified professionals.
For more information visit the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website.
Tasman District Council has an online building consent application process, so you'll also need digital copies of these.
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.
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 the Council, such as the planning team, engineering services, or the natural hazards team.
If we need more information then we will send you a 'Request for Further Information'.
Once we're satisfied on reasonable grounds that all the requirements of the Building Code are met, we'll grant your consent. This will require payment of any fees and charges for the consent.
When payment has been received we will issue your consent. Please read these documents carefully, and contact the duty building officer if you need any clarification.
Consent documentation will include:
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.
If you consent is refused and if you consider this is not justified, you can apply to the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment for a determination.
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.
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.