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We are continuing to receive record numbers of building consent applications, and demand for onsite inspections.

We are doing our best to keep up, however you may see some slippage in consent timeframes at present due to the volume. We still have a number of Napier City Council staff and other contractors working for us to help us reduce the timeframes.

This workload also places our planning team under pressure to assess district plan compliance and respond to your enquiries as people contemplate new business ventures and activities.

The level of work will also have an ongoing effect as the projects move through the various stages of construction and inspection. So please bear with us as we do our best to work with the industry to meet the demand.

Let’s be kind to each other and thankful that we are fortunate to have such a pipeline of work in front of us.

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 via:

  • 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).