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Below are Council consents, services and fees that you may need to know about as part of your project to build a house:
When you have an idea of what you want to build and have some initial plans, it is helpful to get a Project Information Memorandum (PIM).
A PIM will state whether or not your project needs resource consent, building consent and/or other approvals from the Council. It also advises what to take into account for the more detailed design, for example, wind speed or the location of drains on your property.
To find out more about PIMs, talk to a building consents customer service representative - phone (04) 801 4311 between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.
If you want to do any work on or affecting Council land, you will need to get permission first.
If you are not sure whether your land joins on to Council land and/or where the boundaries are, you may need to employ a surveyor or property lawyer to find this information.
The table below outlines a range of options available for the use of Council land.
Lease Council land
If your project does not comply with the rules of the District Plan, you will need to apply for resource consent.
To find out if your project complies:
We will process a straightforward consent within 20 working days.
This time frame may be affected if:
When new development occurs in a city, it has an impact on the existing infrastructure. Development contributions make sure existing ratepayers are not burdened with the costs of the increasing infrastructure that results from new development.
You will need to pay development contributions if your project involves the creation of:
An assessment will be made when the following are granted:
Development Contributions Policy
Alternatively, phone the Development Contributions Assessment Officer on (04) 801 3282. (This is a part-time role so you may need to leave a message.)
To apply for a consent to install a solid fuel heater or fireplace, use the form below:
Minor Works Consent Application Form (114KB PDF) | Text version (311KB DOC)
We process building consents within 20 working days.
This time frame may be affected if the application:
Perhaps you want to do work on new or existing kerb crossings or driveways on road land? If so, you will need vehicle access approval.
When applying for this approval, you will need to provide a range of information including gradients, camber, widths and surfacing.
Vehicle Access Application Form (80KB PDF)
For more information or help with the application:
If your application is submitted as part of a building consent, we will assess vehicle access at the same time.
If your application is made separately, we aim to process it within 20 working days.
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