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A Guide to Building Consents in New Zealand

A building consent is your passport for a dream home, the chance to take your house plans and turn them into a reality. This consent is an essential part of the building process, and the associated red tape can be a lot of stress for landowners to deal with.

Our experienced team nimbly handles consent documentation that accompanies a home build, as we offer it as part of our service. So, in this blog post, we lay out everything you need to know about acquiring a building consent, and some of the pitfalls you can avoid when you engage a professional team.

What is a building consent?

First of all, it’s important to understand what a building consent is, as having all the basic information will simplify the process for you when the time comes.

There are several consents that need to be awarded to you by your local council while going through a home build, and the building consent is one of them. Once you have all of your building plans drawn up, you hand them over along with various required consent documentation to your council for an assessment against the building code. If they find no issues with it, they will issue a formal consent for you to build, on the assumption that the finished result will be the same as what was specified in the plans they received. However, if your specifications aren’t up to council standards, you’ll be denied consent and won’t be able to continue with construction until the issues are resolved. An experienced builder will be well-versed in the local council standards and will help ensure your plan lines up to these standards.

Building Consent Requirements

Councils take all manner of things into consideration when deciding whether to grant you consent for a build, including environmental concerns, resource availability, local legislations, and even the style of the neighbourhood. Each council also has its own procedure for evaluation—which you can check on your local council’s website—so you must work with your building team to make sure all your paperwork is properly squared away.

Ultimately, you must provide all of the building documentation associated with your home, as well as the completed consent application provided by your council. Auckland Council outlines a good-quality building consent application, read more here. (Remember that your requirements will vary depending on where you are in New Zealand.)

Why delegate building consents to the professionals?

Getting consent approval can be a complicated process, and it can take up to 20 working days to assess your application. Therefore, it’s best to get a professional to help you navigate all the hoops. The team at Classic Builders will happily liaise with both you and your local council to get the building consent for your home, but they will need your help and cooperation.

Our clients prefer to hand the job of getting building consent over to us as we are well-versed in the bureaucracy of council approvals. Many councils even recommend delegating this job to professional home builders to skyrocket your chances for approval.

When you work with the team at Classic Builders, you’ll be working with a diverse range of construction and design experts who will all contribute to bringing the building plans up to the expected standard. We are all familiar with Building Code stipulations (this is the legislation the council compares your plans to when debating their approval). By handing the task over to the Classic Builders team, we can hasten the process by ensuring no resubmissions or problems hinder construction progress.

The Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) also recommends getting help from the professionals you have employed for an application, as much of the paperwork they receive fails to comply in the following areas:

  • Structure.
  • External moisture control.
  • Laundering facilities.

With a qualified and experienced building team, you can head off those problems before they even begin.

Call on Classic Builders for your next dream build.

Our team is dedicated to making the process of home-building smooth sailing for our clients, including handling all the nitty-gritty paperwork. Talk to our design and build team, or look into our available house and land packages today!