Council initiatives

The Council has several initiatives under way to promote sustainable building practices.

These include:

District Plan changes

The Council included new rules in its District Plan that remove barriers to green building technologies including solar hot water heating. The key changes include:

  • exempting solar panels from the building recession plane rules (ie sunlight access planes) - a resource consent is no longer required for most solar panel installations
  • small-scale wind turbines of less than 5kW are allowed in residential areas subject to compliance with noise and height requirements for the area in which they are located.

District Plan - Volume 1: Objectives, Policies and Rules

Building and resource consents

Building work usually requires a building consent. Some projects also require resource consent if a proposal does not comply with the District Plan. Contact the Council before beginning work to find out what is required.

Building and resource consents