When is a building consent required?

The building consents process gives us a chance to work together with you, providing advice on what you need to know and do, to achieve your goals within the regulatory requirements of the Building Act 2004, as well as the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA), and our District Plan

You will need to apply for a building consent if your project involves:

  • Construction and demolition
  • Alteration of buildings
  • Conversion of buildings
  • Site works
  • Swimming pools
  • Fences
  • Signs
  • Plumbing
  • Drainage
  • Solid fuel heaters
  • Solar Heaters.

(If you have a pool and aren't sure if you are on our Pool Register, contact us on 0800 492 452 or email info@waidc.govt.nz).

When carrying out these activities, you need to be aware of how your building project may affect services and facilities such as water, wastewater, stormwater and other infrastructure and engineering standards. 

If you are unsure if you need to apply for a building consent, please contact our Building Quality team on 0800 492 452 or email info@waidc.govt.nz.

Note, in addition to building consent requirements there may also be resource consent requirements. Find out how to apply for resource consents.