How can I?

The process to go through and consents you'll need for common building projects, opening a restaurant, or having an outdoor fire.

Build a house

Find out which Council permissions you might need to build a new house.

    Build or demolish a deck

    Find out which Council permissions you might need to build, replace or demolish a deck.

      Build or demolish a garage

      Find out which Council permissions you might need to build, replace or demolish a garage or carport.

        Build or demolish a retaining wall

        Find out which Council permissions you might need to build, replace or demolish a retaining wall.

          Carry out earthworks

          Find out which Council consents and permissions you might need if you're planning a project that involves moving or removing soil or rocks.

            Create a driveway or kerb

            If you're adding or altering a driveway or kerb, you'll first need to get vehicle access approval.

            Drainage or plumbing work under $5,000

            Small drainage or plumbing projects need a minor works building consent.

              Install a fireplace or solid fuel heater

              If you are installing a solid fuel heater (like a free-standing wood burner, in-built fireplace or pellet burner) you need a minor works building consent.

                Open an early childhood centre

                Find out which Council permissions you might need to open an early childhood centre.

                  Put up a sign on your property

                  You may need a resource consent and/or a building consent to put up a sign or a billboard on your property.

                    Remove a chimney

                    To help make buildings more resilient in an earthquake, some chimneys can be removed without a building consent. Some buildings may still need a resource consent.

                      Renovate a house

                      Find out which Council permissions you might need to renovate or alter your house.

                      Run a business from home

                      Find out which Council permissions you might need to run a small business out of your home.

                        Subdivide property

                        What's involved when you're subdividing a property or building, or altering a boundary between prope...

                          Use road reserve for private purposes

                          Given Wellington’s topography, you may need to use the road reserve for your car deck or garage, or ...

                            Get yellow lines on my street

                            Find out how the process for getting yellow lines on your street works.

                              Get a speed hump on my street

                              Find out how the process for getting a speed hump on your street works.

                                Check my verandah

                                If you have a verandah that extends over a public place, such as a footpath, it's important you main...

                                Light an outdoor fire

                                If you want to light an outdoor fire, check if you need a fire permit. From 1 March 2018, Fire and Emergency New Zealand issues fire permits in Wellington.

                                  Open a restaurant, cafe or food business

                                  Council consents, services and fees that you may need to know about when opening a restaurant.