Altering or demolishing a building built before 1930

If your building was built or approved for construction before 1930, you may need a resource consent to alter or demolish it.

When you need a resource consent

In certain areas, you need a resource consent to alter or demolish a building that was built or approved for construction before 1930. This does not include accessory buildings like sheds or detached garages.

Where this rule applies

These areas are identified in Appendix 1 of the District Plan:

If your building is heritage-listed (including buildings in a heritage area), different rules apply.

Altering a heritage building

Find out more about your building

You may be able to access old photographs and plans of your building or street in our archives. These can be useful if you're restoring an older building to its original state, or want to see what your house looked like in the past.

Wellington City Archives

Applying for a resource consent

Getting resource consent to make changes to pre-1930s buildings can be complex – we strongly recommend you meet with us to discuss your plans before you apply. We'll give you advice about the process and help you determine which supporting documents your application will need to include.

Getting help with a building project

Resource consents

Need help?

The Resource Consents team is available Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm.

Resource Consents
Phone: 04 801 3590
Email: planning@wcc.govt.nz