How can I?

Find out what permissions you might need and process you'll go through for common projects.

Build a house

Find out which Council permissions you might need to build a new house.

    Build or demolish a deck

    Find out which Council permissions you might need to build, replace or demolish a deck.

      Build or demolish a garage

      Find out which Council permissions you might need to build, replace or demolish a garage or carport.

        Build or demolish a retaining wall

        Find out which Council permissions you might need to build, replace or demolish a retaining wall.

          Carry out earthworks

          Find out which Council consents and permissions you might need if you're planning a project that involves moving or removing soil or rocks.

            Create a driveway or kerb

            If you're adding or altering a driveway or kerb, you'll first need to get vehicle access approval.

              Drainage or plumbing work under $5,000

              Small drainage or plumbing projects need a minor works building consent.

                Install a fireplace or solid fuel heater

                If you are installing a solid fuel heater (like a free-standing wood burner, in-built fireplace or pellet burner) you need a minor works building consent.

                  Open an early childhood centre

                  Find out which Council permissions you might need to open an early childhood centre.

                    Open a restaurant, cafe or food business

                    Find out which Council permissions you might need to open a restaurant, cafe or other food business.

                      Put up a sign on your property

                      You may need a resource consent and/or a building consent to put up a sign or a billboard on your property.

                        Remove a chimney

                        To help make buildings more resilient in an earthquake, some chimneys can be removed without a building consent.

                          Renovate a house

                          Find out which Council permissions you might need to renovate or alter your house.

                          Run a business from home

                          Find out which Council permissions you might need to run a small business out of your home.

                            Subdivide property

                            What's involved when you're subdividing a property or building, or altering a boundary between properties.

                              Use road reserve for private purposes

                              You may need to use the road reserve for your car deck or garage, or structures such as steps, fences or walls.

                                Get yellow lines on my street

                                Find out how the process for getting yellow lines on your street works.

                                  Get a speed hump on my street

                                  Find out how the process for getting a speed hump on your street works.

                                    Check my verandah

                                    It's important to keep verandahs that extend over a public place in good condition.

                                    Fire permits

                                    You may need a fire permit to light an outdoor fire. Fire and Emergency New Zealand issues fire permits in Wellington.

                                      Get a traffic mirror

                                      How to decide if a traffic mirror is the answer to your problem – or whether another option is better.