Project value & building level determine the fee

Your building consent fees are made up of several components, including a combination of the project value and the level of building involved.

Project value

Your total estimated project value must include the value of:

  • materials, including salvaged materials
  • design work fees
  • building, plumbing and other contractor charges at normal commercial rates
  • owner’s labour priced at normal commercial rates
  • project manager’s charges
  • GST.

Fees are calculated based on where the total estimated project value fits in these ($) value bands:

  • under 10,000
  • 10,001–20,000
  • 20,001–100,000
  • 100,001–500,000
  • 500,001–1,000,000
  • over 1,000,000.

Building level

These levels apply if the proposed work is a new building, or for additions or alterations to an existing building and are specified in the National Building Consent Authority Competency Assessment System.

Residential 1 buildings

Residential outbuildings and ancillary buildings – as defined by the Building Regulations 1992. Detached dwellings (SH) designed to a common standard (eg NZS 3604, NZS 4229) that are single storey and have an E2/AS1 risk matrix score less than or equal to 6.

Residential 2 buildings

Detached dwellings (SH) designed to a common standard (eg NZS 3604, NZS 4229) that are less than or equal to two storeys and have an E2/AS1 risk matrix score less than or equal to 12.

Residential 3 buildings

Detached dwellings (SH) or other dwellings (SR) that are less than or equal to three storeys, but limited to vertical plane fire separation and direct egress to the outside. E2/AS1 risk matrix score of 13–20.

This level also includes specifically designed residential cladding systems, components, detailing and junctions and where a risk matrix score of greater than 20 has been calculated.

Commercial 1 buildings

Commercial, industrial and communal non-residential buildings and their associated outbuildings and ancillary buildings equal to or less than two storeys and an occupancy load of equal to or less than 100 people or SR or SA residential buildings up to two storeys and with horizontal fire separation.

Commercial 2 buildings

Commercial, industrial, communal residential and communal non-residential buildings equal to or less than four storeys and an occupancy load of equal to or less than 500 people or SC or SD that are single storey.

Commercial 3 buildings

All uses of buildings that are over four storeys high, or contain over 500 occupants or SC or SD greater than single storey.