A building consent is required for most work including:

  • Fencing/barriers around swimming pools and around spa pools that are not exempt
  • Retaining walls over 1.5m (no surcharge)
  • Retaining walls any height incurring a surcharge
  • Decks over 1.5m high
  • Pergolas with a roof
  • Free-standing non-habitable buildings larger than 10 metres  square
  • Plumbing and drainage work including replacing hot water  cylinders
  • Relocation of buildings
  • Additions, alterations to existing buildings
  • New buildings
  • Change of use of the building
  • Heating including fireplaces
  • Ventilation and air-conditioning systems (commercial)
  • Small dams (4 or more metres in height and holding more than 20,000 cubic metres of water or other fluid)

There are exceptions to the above - refer exempt building work.  For guidance or further information please contact Council on 03 3472839.