Building and resource consents

If you're planning to do building work in Wellington City, you may need to apply for resource and building consents first.

New building consent exemptions take effect end of August

The Government has announced that new building consent exemptions are being added to the Building Act. These are expected to take effect at the end of August 2020.

Until then, only the current exemptions apply.

New building consent exemptions – Building Performance

Before you start a building project

Find out if you need consent, who you might need to hire, and how to get help from the Council.

Getting help with a building project

Find out how to get advice before you apply, and which professionals you may need to hire.

Buildings with specified systems

If you own a building with specified systems – like sprinklers and automatic doors – you're responsible for making sure they are regularly inspected and maintained.

Forms and guidance

Find resource consent and building consent related forms and guidance.