How to Apply
You can make an application in the following ways
✔ Fast, convenient, and easy to use
Includes application for
You can also upload documents during consent and inspection phases via the online system.
Use paper applications where
✔ You don't have the technology to complete an online application
All forms need to be clear and legible, or they may be refused if detail can’t be read.
Once completed and all information relevant to your building project attached, you can provide your paper application to us by
Once we receive your paper application we will convert your application into digital form for processing.
On receiving your application we’ll vet your plans to check you have given all relevant information with your application. Please note that this is not a technical assessment but merely a check to ensure all necessary information has been provided.
If all information has been provided, your application is accepted and the 20 working day statutory clock starts.
Who can apply
Applying for approvals to carry out building work can be complex. Applications need to have information that show how your project meets the building code and Building Act requirements. For this reason most people will use an agent to apply on their behalf – this could be
- an architect or architectural designer
- the builder
- a building or installation company
- a project manager.
This doesn’t stop you from needing to meet your obligations as the owner (see information on roles and responsibilities).
If your work involves restricted building work then a licensed building practitioner will need to provide the relevant information (see information on restricted building work).
For more information on applying for a building consent see