Building Act forms and guidance
Accessibility assessment for people with disabilities
An accessibility assessment looks at how your building provides access and facilities for people with disabilities if you're changing the use of a building.
Advice of licensed building practitioners
You need to let us know the name and details of all licensed building practitioners who'll be carrying out or supervising restricted building work before work begins.
Building consent (including amendments)
A building consent confirms that proposed building work complies with the Building Code.
We no longer accept applications for building consents in hard copy. You will need to submit applications through the Simpli portal online.
We only accept online applications for building consents. Applying online allows us to process your application faster and you will be able to track the processing of your application online. You will also save money as you will not need to supply printed plans.
All granted consents will be sent to customers electronically.
Certificate of acceptance for unconsented work
A certificate of acceptance proves that work that was done without a consent complies with the Building Code.
Certificate for public use
A certificate for public use allows premises affected by building work to be used by the public.
Change of use
You must notify us if you're changing the use of a building – for example, changing a private home into a workplace like a daycare centre.
Code compliance certificate
You must apply for a code compliance certificate when your building work has finished. It proves the work complies with the Building Code and your building consent.
Fire protection assessment checklist
This must be submitted as part of the fire report for your consent application if an acceptable solution (C/AS1-2) cannot be demonstrated.
You can do restricted building work yourself as an owner-builder if you meet certain requirements.
Notification of exempt building work
As the owner, you can place a record with the Council on your property file about work you believe to be exempt from needing a building consent.
If you're working on a large or complex project, you may need to have a pre-application meeting with the Council before you apply for a building consent.
A producer statement can help us determine whether your building work complies with the Building Code.
Quality assurance plans for complex building projects
Complex building projects use a quality assurance (QA) plan to show how the work meets the requirements of the building consent.
Resource Management Act forms and guidance
Certificate of compliance
A certificate of compliance (also known as a CoC) shows that a project is a permitted activity in a particular area and doesn't need a resource consent.
Deemed permitted boundary activity
If the only District Plan rules your home build or extension infringes are boundary rules, you may be able to apply for a boundary activity instead of a resource consent.
Existing use certificate
If you need to show that an existing activity is lawfully able to continue regardless of current District Plan rules, you can apply for an existing use certificate. This can be useful when a new project is planned and its effects will be the same or similar to the existing activity.
You can meet with us before you submit a resource consent application. These meetings can save you time and money later.
A resource consent is a written decision from the Council about a building project that may affect the environment or your community.
Submissions on a resource consent application
A submission allows you to have a say on a resource consent application that affects you in some way.
Other forms you may need
There are certain rules around when construction noise is allowed to take place in residential areas, including the Central Area zone of the city.
Vehicle access approval
If you're adding or altering a driveway or kerb, you'll first need to get vehicle access approval.