You may need resource consent if you're building a retaining wall:
- close to a boundary
- higher than 2.5 metres.
If you’re planning work in a residential area, use our online tool to:
- check the details of your project against the District Plan
- get an indication of whether or not you need to apply for a resource consent.
Resource Consent Check
Note: If you need resource consent, you should get it before you apply for any other consents or permissions.
You need a building consent to build a retaining wall that will be:
- load-bearing, or
- more than 1.5m high at any point.
If you're not sure if your retaining wall will be load-bearing, we recommend you talk to an engineer.
Hiring professionals and tradespeople
Other permissions you may need
If the work will encroach on the legal road
Wellington’s topography means you may sometimes need to use the road for your car deck or garage, or structures such as steps, fences or walls.
Use road reserve for private purposes