Each quarter we'll include some tips that we hope will be helpful for you when you are compiling an application or when interacting with us.
Completing your resource consent application form
We've recently updated our resource consent application forms for land use and subdivision consents and for changes to consents. We've added an Appendix to these to provide guidance as to what to include in your assessment of environmental effects. Click here to find the new forms listed under planning and resource consents.
Please ensure you pay particular attention to the following points.
Applicant details: As it is our practice to send the resource consent decision to both the Agent and the Applicant, please print the email addresses clearly to ensure the email address is recorded correctly
Billing details: This section needs to be completed and signed by the person/s who will receive the invoice and will be responsible for the payments of any fees or refund.
Lodgement Fees: As your resource consent application will not begin its journey until we receive your lodgement fee we offer the following methods of payment:
- Internet banking using the Bill Payment Option and selecting one of the following options
- Waikato DC Resource Consents
- Waikato DC Clearances
- Waikato DC Engineering Approval
- Payment at the Council Offices
- Credit card payment from the Council Website – you will need an application reference number to use this option
To allow our Consents Administration team to track your payment quickly and action it promptly please ensure you identify your method of payment and date of payment on your application form.
General building consent tips
You can assist us in reducing the number of days it takes to process a consent by providing a clear accurate consent application that meets the requirements of the building code and standards. The biggest bottle neck in our system currently is the extra time we spend writing, then receiving and reviewing Further Information Requests (FIRs). When the team receive the further information they stop processing the consents on the list while they are working FIRs. This means we are effectively processing parts of the consent twice.
In line with the rising number of consent applications we are currently experiencing an extremely high inspection workload. At present the wait for an inspection can vary from 3-6 days. It is therefore important you plan your workload well in advance and book inspections ahead of time and not wait till the day before to book as you will be disappointed. If you have an inspection booked and are not going to use it please remember to cancel it as soon as you can. If you have not cancelled the inspection and an inspector turns up, you may still be charged for the visit. It also means it frees up a spot for someone else.
Another issue you can help us with is to ensure the work we are coming to inspect complies with the consented plans. This means we can pass the inspection at the first visit. Regrettably at present we are failing approximately 20-25% of the inspections.
Heater/Fire building consents
New and replacement freestanding and in-built heaters require a building consent. Please ensure when you lodge your Heater/Fire consent application you include everything on the Applicant Checklist. The main omissions in these types of applications are details of the roof penetration and flashing, and the pipe and valve layout where a wetback is being fitted to the Heater/Fire. We are currently trying to get these consents processed within 10 working days. You’ll be able to help us do this by providing all the correct details.
Building consents requiring council-approved vehicle entranceways and water connections
The District Plan has minimum requirements for new builds, including provision of access, disposal of stormwater and wastewater and provision of water supply. If a proposed building needs to gain access to a Council road or connection to a Council Service, we require separate applications .
We’ve made a small change to the way we process building consent applications. We will now be issuing a section 37 notice for building consents where a vehicle entranceway or service connection has not been approved. The s37 will be uplifted when the application/s have been approved. The forms are available here.
It is recommended that these applications be made before lodging building consent, so that changes can be made to plans if necessary. For example the layout of the building may rely on the entrance location and the available Council services may be restricted, leading to requirements for water tanks, pumps or additional on-site drainage. Putting your application in early will also ensure adequate water services are available on-site for construction.
Section 37 of the Building Act: why and what does it mean for me?
If a certificate issued under Section 37 of the Building Act is attached to a building consent, it means that the proposal doesn't comply with the District Plan and no building work can proceed until it complies or resource consent is obtained. In some cases it may be easier and more cost effective to submit amended plans that don't breach the District Plan rules rather than to obtain resource consent. Either way it can add costs to a project and we therefore recommend you check the District Plan rules during the design phase.
Common Further Information Requests (FIRs) for Building Consents
Below is a table listing the common FIRs that are issued on building consent applications. Ensuring you provide this information, where relevant to your build, will help ensure you can receive consent quicker and easier.