Building Consents

A Building Consent is a formal approval granted by the Council which confirms the proposed building work shown in the documentation you provide complies with the New Zealand Building Code, the Building Act 2004 and Building Regulations.

In some cases, a Resource Consent or specific requirements of the District Plan may be required to be met. If you are unsure whether the building work you are proposing, requires a Resource Consent or meets District Plan requirements, please contact the Planning Department on (0800) 422522.

When will I need a Building Consent?

A Building Consent is required for most building work, this includes alterations and additions.

There are exceptions where a Building Consent is not required. See our Exemptions Page for more detail.

NOTE: The information on this website is not all inclusive, for full information regarding Building Consents please contact the Council on 0800 422 522 or or

Go Shift - Simpler, Faster Building Consents

Rangitikei District Council is one of more than 20 councils around the country that are working together to bring consistency to the building consent process.

The vision of the initiative, called GoShift, is to deliver a consistent and timely consenting experience with the aim of providing a simpler process for building consent applications.

GoShift is a partnership between Central Government (Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment) and Local Government (local councils) to improve performance, consistency and service delivery across the building consent system. You can find out more about the GoShift initiative by visiting the website.

All of the participating councils will be transitioning their current building consent application forms to a consistent version of application forms that have been developed as part of the GoShift initiative. 

Alongside the new application forms, a comprehensive set of guides have been designed to support you to understand and complete the applications for building work. The guides and application forms are available on the Council website (see below) or the GoShift website.

You can also obtain a hard copy of any application or guide by calling in to your nearest Council Service Centre, or call us on the numbers below and request these to be mailed out to you.

Rangitikei District Council transition to the GoShift application forms and guidelines on Monday, 3 July 2017. From this date forward, it is important that you ensure that you are using the GoShift forms for your building consent related applications.

Applications made on the old forms will be accepted up until Friday, 22 December 2017. After this date, Council will no longer accept any applications made on the old forms.

Council is happy to answer any questions you might have regarding the GoShift initiative. 

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