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Apply for a Building Consent

To apply for a building consent you will need:

  • A completed application form 
  • A recent (no more than 3 months old) copy of Certificate of Title – MDC can obtain a copy of your title for an additional charge or $20 if required.
  • Plans
  • Specifications
  • Supporting design/and or engineering reports

If the building work is connected to the main dwelling (ie house alterations or a new dwelling), it will likely be considered ‘Restricted Building Works’ (RBW). This is work that has to be undertaken by a Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP).

More information on RBW and LBP’s can be found on MBIE’s webpage.

Once you have collected all the required information, you can submit your Building Consent.

Your application will then go through 2 stages.

Stage 1 is referred to as a ‘preliminary pre-vet’. This is when the application is checked for completeness. If any information is missing, or incomplete, you will be contacted and asked for it.

Once the ‘pre-vet’ is complete the application is then lodged and formally received. From the formally received date, council has 20 working days to assess your application for compliance with the Building Code.

If, during the detailed assessment, questions arise, a formal ‘Request for Information’ will be made to the nominated person. This suspends the 20 day clock while waiting for information.

Once the information is received, the 20 day clock is restarted, and the application is then completed and the Building Consent will then be granted and issued.

You cannot start your building work until your consent has been issued, and you have the consent documents on site. It is important to read the consent documents carefully. There will be a list of ‘required items’ included which will list the inspections identified for your project, as well as supporting information that will be required before CCC can be issued (such as electrical certificates etc).