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Consents and inspections during Alert Level 4

With the unprecedented and challenging time posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, we wanted to let you know that our building team will be out in the field for the last day today completing as many booked inspections as possible.  This includes some bookings made for Wednesday that we have endeavoured to pull forward where buildings are at critical points to assist builders in getting the jobs protected before the nationwide lockdown occurs.

From today (Tuesday 24 March):

  • we will not be taking inspection bookings
  • we will advise in due course when this service will resume once the lock down period comes to an end
  • for all other existing bookings in the system we will be sending cancellation messages later today

Face-to-face duty services have also ceased from today but we encourage you to make contact through emails to and we can make appointments for phone calls to assist you with your queries.

Over the past week we have been ensuring our staff can work from home, and our team will continue to process new and existing applications in the system and undertake other tasks as required. This will help us ensure that we are in the best possible position to support the industry in recovering as quickly as possible after the lockdown period.

Customer promise

We are committed to delivering high quality, professional regulatory building control and associated services to customers through

  • The provision of high quality and consistent customer service
  • Ensuring new and altered buildings in the Selwyn District are of a high standards through compliance with the Building Act 2004 and building code
  • Striving for continuous improvement in systems and procedures.

Our aim is to

  • make the process of applying for, and obtaining an approved building consent as simple and as easy as possible
  • not compromise technical accuracy
  • determine all applications within statutory timeframes.

Tips for your build

  • We cannot do design work for you but we can advise on how to go about organising building and resource consent applications
  • Doing your research early can save time and money later, by identifying the need for specific design or other technical reports
  • Don't take the risk of building without first getting a building consent – that is illegal and may result in enforcement action
  • Complete any remedial work advised by an inspector before you proceed to the next stage of work - otherwise you could be liable for enforcement action
  • Skipping inspections can be costly – missed inspections or work covered up prematurely could mean that you will have to undo work to enable building work to be inspected before we can issue a code compliance certificate for the completed construction.


Use information on our website as a starting point. If you have any further questions or need information about a specific build or building consent contact our Building Advisory team on

  • Online form – for feedback, compliments or complaints
  • Email –
  • In person – Selwyn District Council headquarters, 2 Norman Kirk Drive, Rolleston
  • Phone – 03 347 2839 (or Darfield exchange free-phone Helpline – 03 318 8338 and ask for the Building Department).