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Building Consents

Everything you need to know about Building Consents:

  • What is a building consent?
  • When will I need a Building Consent?
  • Building on land subject to natural hazards
  • Simpli - Building Consistency through Collaboration
  • Producer statements
  • Change of use, alterations and extension of life
  • Specified systems and compliance
  • Amendment to the Building Consent
  • Minor Variation
  • Fees and Levies
  • Building Industry Levies
  • Lapsed consent
  • When can building work commence?
  • Certificate for public use
  • How do I apply for and obtain a Building Consent?
  • Consent Process
  • Processing the Building Consent Application
  • Suspending the Building Consent Application
  • Granting and Issuing the Building Consent
  • The Building Consent, its conditions, and advice note
  • Complaints and appeal process
  • What happens if you wish to make changes to the Issued Building Consent?
  • Code Compliance Certificate

What is a Building Consent?

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 422 522.

There is absolutely tons of helpful information out there on the building consent process and we've linked to as many helpful documents as we could.

Please take the time to see what's out there, as it really will make your journey more enjoyable and way less stressful.

When will I need a Building Consent?

A Building Consent is required for most building work, this includes alterations and additions and includes the following:

  • structural building - additions, alterations to existing buildings and demolition of non detached buildings
  • new buildings
  • decks, platforms or bridges more than 1.5 metres above ground level
  • retaining walls higher than 1.5 metres
  • plumbing and drainage work
  • relocating a building
  • changing the use of a building in some instances ask Council, however even if you do not require consent you must still inform Council in writing of the change of use
  • installing a fireplace or air-conditioning system
  • fences or walls higher than 2.5 metres
  • swimming or spa pools and their associated fences/safety barriers unless they are exempt
  • sheds with a floor area greater than 10 square metres. Unless exempt please see exemption page below

As a building owner, you are responsible for ensuring any exempt building work complies with the Building Code and that it doesn't breach any other Act.

Although the work may be classed as exempt under the Building Act, other approvals such as resource consent may be required under the Resource Management Act 1991. If you're not sure about other approvals, please phone us on 0800 422 522 and talk to one of our planners.

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 building.services@rangitikei.govt.nz

It is also important to note that other legislation such as Resource Management (National Standards for Air Quality) Regulations 2004 and Smoke-Free Environment Act 1990 requirements may place further obligations to be complied with by building owners.

Building on land subject to natural hazards

It's important to consider any natural hazards that could be present on the land when undertaking any building work.
Natural hazards include:

  • erosion (including coastal erosion, bank erosion and sheet erosion)
  • falling debris (including soil, rock, snow and ice)
  • subsidence
  • inundation (including flooding, overland flow, storm surge, tidal effects and ponding)
  • slippage.

The Building Act allows, depending on the circumstances, the consent to either be refused or granted subject to a condition that a natural hazard notification is placed on the title. This notification warns future property owners of the potential hazard and reduces the liability for the council. We'll discuss with you the refusal or notification process if this relates to your project. (Section 71-74 of the Building Act 2004).

Certain building work is restricted building work and requires to be undertaken by a licensed building practitioner although there are certain exemptions for owner builders, please see Licensed Building Practitioner and Restricted Building Work for further information.

A project information memorandum (PIM) or land information memorandum (LIM) will identify any hazards we have on file.

Simpli - Building Consistency through Collaboration

Rangitīkei 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 Simpli, is to deliver a consistent and timely consenting experience with the aim of providing a simpler process for building consent applications.

Simpli 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 Simpli 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 Simpli 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 Simpli 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.

Producer statements

Producer statements are documents issued by a suitably qualified professional.

Specific information is required to be supplied if your applications involves specialist design or building work.
See our Code Compliance Certificate for further detail or below.

More information

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment - Producer statements

Change of use, alterations and extension of life

If you want to change the use of a building, make alterations, or extend its life, you will need to let us know.

More information

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment - Change of use, alterations and extension of life. The relevant sections of the Building Act are:

Specified systems and compliance

Specified systems are systems or features that help a building to function fully – things like sprinklers, lifts, ventilation and air conditioning. These systems need ongoing inspection and maintenance to ensure they work as they should. If they fail to work properly they could adversely affect health or life safety, which may also affect your insurance cover.

There are 16 specified systems in the Building Act. These must be identified on your building consent application form.

If your building work contains specified systems, the consent application must contain information with the application in respect to Performance Standards, proposed Inspection and Maintenance procedures and Reporting frequency for all Specified Systems.

Amendment to the Building Consent

An Amendment to the Building Consent is required when the changes affect the footprint of the building, location of internal load bearing supports or fire safety aspects.

To apply for an amendment, the Amendment to the Building Consent application form will need to be completed. The application will be vetted and processed the same as a normal Building Consent application.

Minor Variation

A Minor Variation is when a minor modification, addition or variation to a Building Consent does not deviate significantly from the plans and specifications.

Listed below are some examples:

  • Substituting comparable products i.e. (Substituting one internal lining for a similar internal lining)
  • Minor wall bracing changes
  • A minor construction change i.e. (changing the framing method used around a window)
  • Changing a rooms layout

If the work meets the requirements of Minor Variations, the Council will note on the issued Building Consent the agreed changes.
No formal application is required.

Fees and Levies

A deposit is required when the Building Consent application is received by Council. The full cost of the Building Consent is charged on the actual time taken for processing and the inspection and levies required. The invoice will provide information on method of payments accepted by Council which are cash, eftpos, online and credit card. See our Pay It for payment information.

Once the Building Consent is granted, an itemised invoice will be provided.

For Building Consent Fees please refer to the Building Consent in the Fees and Charges.

Please note that Rangitīkei District Council does not have a Development Contribution Fee.

Building Industry Levies

Building Industry Levies are collected when people apply for building consent.

The Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ) levy of $1 per $1,000 is applied to all building consents that have building work valued at over $20,000, and the Building (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment) levy of $1.75 per $1,000 is applied to all building consents that have building work valued at $20,444 or more.

The levy is worked out on each $1,000 or part thereof for the total value, if that value exceeds $20,000 in respect to the BRANZ levy, and the total value if the value exceeds $20,444 in respect to the Building levy.

For example:

  • Work value of $35,000 = BRANZ levy of $35 and MBIE levy of $61.25
  • Work value of $120,000 = BRANZ levy of $120 and MBIE levy of $210.00

Lapsed consent

A building consent lapses if the building work hasn't commenced within 12 months after the date of issue. For the work to take place, a new building consent is required to be applied for.We can allow this timeframe to be extended before the consent lapses. Complete an application for extension of time.

Extension of time application form

When can building work commence?

Building work that requires a building consent may not commence until the building consent has been issued (and a resource consent obtained if required). If the consented works require a resource consent and one hasn’t yet been obtained, your consent will be issued with a Section 37 Certificate attached to it.

The Section 37 Certificate will either state that no building works can proceed until a resource consent has been obtained or it will state the extent to which building works can proceed until a resource consent it obtained.

Certificate for public use

A certificate for public use allows premises affected by building work to be used by the public before the work is signed off as complete. You can only apply for a certificate for public use if a building consent has been granted but the code compliance certificate has not been issued. We will assess any safety precautions and plans that have been put in place to allow members of the public to use the premises safely. Once the Certificate of Public Use is granted work can commence, as it provides a detailed description where and how the premises/part or the premises will be used safely by the members of the public. Certificates for public use do not relieve you, as owner of a building, from the obligation to apply for a code compliance certificate after all the building work has been completed.

Application for public use

Applications can take up to 20 working days to process and fees are payable. An inspection will be carried out to ensure compliance with public safety.

How do I apply for and obtain a Building Consent?

Submitting a good quality application with all the necessary information can reduce delays in processing. If you are unfamiliar with building plans and compliance with the Building Code, you may need to engage a professional to supply the required drawings and information. They can also apply for a building consent on your behalf.

More information

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment - Apply for building consent

You will need to complete the prescribed Building Consent Form and attach two copies of the plans and specifications relevant to the proposed building work, as well as the required deposit or fixed fee.

The Building Consent application form must be completed in full, and readable to ensure information is clearly understood.

Building consent application form

Building Consent/PIM Application Form

Building Consent/PIM Woodfire Application Form

The Building Consent/PIM Application Guide provides you with comprehensive guidance on how to fill out the form correctly. If you require further assistance the Council will be happy to assist, please contact the Regulatory Team on (0800)422522.

Note: No work may be commenced until a Building Consent is issued.

Please further note that it is very important that you ensure that where relevant your consent includes proposed inspections, maintenance and reporting procedures for specified systems.

See Required Plans Page.

You are able to submit the application form by:

  • Mailing the application to the Rangitīkei District Council Office, Private Bag 1102 Marton, 4710
  • Dropping it off at the front counter at either the Marton Office (46 High Street, Marton) or the Taihape Office (90-92 Hautapu Street, Taihape)
  • Emailing the application and documentation to building.services@rangitikei.govt.nz (fees and charges for photocopying apply).

Consent Process

These are the steps in a nutshell:

  1. Apply for building consent - fill out the paperwork and get it to us
  2. Once we've received your building consent application we'll carry out an initial application check to make sure we have everything we need to process your application
  3. If the paperwork all checks out we will begin to process your application
  4. If the paperwork doesn't check out we'll return it to you with a note on what we need you to do (see below for typical reasons why we return paperwork)
  5. We will issue you with a building consent so you can begin work
  6. Once the work has been completed and passed its final inspection you can apply for a Code of Compliance
  7. We will issue you with a Code of Compliance

Initial application check

All applications are put through a vetting process to check that we have the basic information required to start processing your application. All vetting will be done within 2 working days of receiving the application.

Your application will either be:

  • returned as incomplete with a checklist identifying the missing information, or
  • accepted for processing. The processing clock will commence on the working day following the receipt of a complete application. See suspending building consent application regarding stopping the clock for further information on accepted applications.

Frequent examples where an application is returned:

  • Letter from the Property Owner giving authority to the Agent not attached
  • Roof truss design certificate, layout and fixing details from a registered truss designer not included
  • Engineers calculations/details for a specific design component missing
  • Waste water design from a suitably qualified environmental engineer not attached
  • Bracing calculations of the layout been omitted
  • Flue and flashing details, location of smoke alarms and fire specifications missing
  • Copy of the Compliance Schedule not attached and/or the Compliance Schedule section in the application form not filled in

Processing the Building Consent Application


After your application has been accepted, it will be allocated to one of our building management officers to process.

The officer will check your application complies with the requirements of the Building Act, the associated regulations and the Building Code.

We have 20 working days to process your application. If we need to ask you for further information then the 20 working day clock will be paused until that information has been received in full.

Note: You have the ability to amend the plans and specifications of the Building Consent application whilst being processed.

Once the Building Consent is granted and you wish to make an amendment(s), you will need to complete the Building Consent/PIM Application Form. This application is processed the same as a normal Building Consent.

Other reviews of your application

Fire and Emergency New Zealand: There is a requirement (by law)Link to section 47 of the Act for some applications to be sent to Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) for review. This review provides feedback on the compliance of the proposed design and the ability for people to escape fire safely. There will be additional fees to pay if your application needs to be reviewed by FENZ.

Development Engineer: Your application will be checked by our development engineer for hazards on the site, consent notices, resource consent conditions, soil conditions, geotechnical and storm water reports, storm water control design, public services and other site related issues.

Resource Consents Planner: A planner will check whether your application complies with the District Plan, whether you need to apply for a resource consent or that you are complying with the conditions of an existing resource consent.

If you're advised that you need to apply for a resource consent or you have a related resource consent that is not granted yet, a section 37 certificate will be attached to your building consent preventing you from starting work until a resource consent is obtained.
See When can building work commence? above for more details.

Horizons Regional Council: Wastewater Reports are evaluated against Horizon Regional Councils’ One Plan. If a wastewater report is submitted without Horizons acceptance then the wastewater report will be sent to them for approval and the consent will be placed on hold until this is received. Preapproval for the wastewater design can be sought from Horizons prior to lodging the building consent with Rangitikei District Council.

Suspending the Building Consent Application

Further information may be required. If this is the case, a letter will be sent to the Property Owner and/or Agent identifying what information is required. The Building Consent application will be suspended until information is received.

Suspension of the Building Consent application will stop the 20 working day clock. The clock will restart on the working day following receipt of all relevant information requested by Council.

Granting and Issuing the Building Consent

Once your application has been assessed and we are satisfied on reasonable grounds, under section 49 of the Building Act 2004, that your proposal complies with the Building Code, the application will be granted.

This means the Building Consent Authority is satisfied on reasonable grounds that the provisions of the building code would be met if the building work were properly completed in accordance with the plans and specifications that accompanied the application.

Once the Building Consent is granted and no further costs owing, the Building Consent will be issued and sent directly to the Property Owner or Authorised Agent.

A building consent will lapse if work has not commenced within 12 months of the issue date, and Council is obliged to make a decision on issuing a Code Compliance Certificate at 24 months of the issue date. The Council will send a reminder letter to you prior to the end of the 12 and 24 month period.

If you are unable to start or complete the building work by these periods, you can apply in writing for an extension of time.

The Building Consent, its conditions, and advice note

Once your Building Consent has been issued, please read the document’s content, especially the conditions and advisory notes.

Conditions are requirements imposed on your Building Consent, these are deemed necessary to ensure the compliance of the proposed building. The conditions are listed on the building consent and you must comply with these conditions. The following are allowable conditions under the Building Act 2004 and regulations:

  • Section 67(2) RE: Waivers and modification
  • Section 73 RE: Natural Hazards
  • Section 75(2) RE: Building on 2 or more allotments
  • Section 90 RE: Inspections by building consent authorities
    NOTE: This can also include any third party certification that the building work complies with the plans and specifications, for example, Producer statements or memoranda.
  • Section 113 (2) RE: buildings with specified intended lives

Advice or advisory notes may also be attached to the Building Consent. This information is provided to assist you. It is important that you read and understand all these requirements prior to commencing work. If you do not understand any requirement imposed, please contact your Building Officer.

The owner or their agent needs to book the inspections required by the Building Consent at the appropriate stages of the project and ensure that a Code Compliance Certificate (CCC) is applied for and obtained.

Complaints and appeal process

If you're unhappy with any aspect of our service you can lodge a complaint. You can also appeal any decision we have made to have it reviewed. You can make a complaint in person, however you must also provide it in writing. Complaints not made in writing or made anonymously will not be actioned. More information is available at Complaints and Appeal Process.

Complaints should be addressed to:

Rangitīkei District Council
Private Bag 1102
Marton 4741

You'll need to provide us the following information:

  • the date the incident occurred
  • the nature of your complaint (guidance information, vetting, lodgement, inspection, notice to fix, code compliance certificate or compliance schedule)
  • copies of any supporting information (if applicable) and
  • the nature of your relationship with us (customer, regulator, or stakeholder).

We'll respond within three working days of receiving your complaint at which time you may be asked whether you wish to be heard in relation to the complaint or to provide further information. All complaints will be actioned within 10 working days of receipt of complaint, unless a request for further information is made.


If you are still unhappy or choose to use an alternative route to settle a matter of doubt or dispute, you may apply to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) for a Determination.

More information

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment - Determinations Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment - Application for determination (PDF, 435KB)

What happens if you wish to make changes to the issued Building Consent?

Changes can only be made prior to the issuing of the Code Compliance Certificate. Once the Code Compliance Certificate is issued, no variation or an amendment to the Building Consent can occur.

All proposed changes should be discussed with Council. There are two options available, an Amendment to the Building Consent or a Minor Variation.

Code Compliance Certificate

What is a Code Compliance Certificate?

A code compliance certificate is a formal statement issued by us. The receipt of which means we are satisfied on reasonable grounds that the work complies with the approved building consent.

How to apply

An owner must apply for a code compliance certificate after all consented building work is completed.
Please note Council does not charge for a CCC application.

Before your final inspection is booked, we require the application for the code compliance certificate to be submitted along with any additional supporting documentation such as:

  • records of work provided by licensed building practitioners (where restricted building work applies)
  • electrical or gas certificates
  • producer statements
  • any certificates relating to the installation, testing and maintenance of specified systems
  • any other documentation requested at the time the building consent was issued or during the construction process.

Code compliance certificate application

Older CCC Review and B2 Durability Modification Form

Once received, the application and supporting documentation will be assessed by a building control officer for completeness. If any of the required documentation is missing, we will request further information and the application will be placed on hold.

If deemed complete, you will be notified that a final inspection can be booked. Bookings can be made through the by phoning our customer services team on 0800422522

How long does it take?

The Council has 20 working days to decide whether to issue the Code Compliance Certificate.

Having received an application for a CCC and it is found that not all the required information has been submitted with the application the 20 day processing clock will be suspended. A letter will be sent to the applicant requesting the outstanding information.

The clock is re-started on the following working day the complete CCC application or complete request for information is received and the processing of the application will continue. Buildings that require a compliance schedule will also have this issued with the CCC.

The Council will issue the Code Compliance Certificate if it is satisfied:

  • The building work complies with the granted Building Consent . We must be satisfied on reasonable grounds, under section 94 of the Building Act 2004, that the building work will comply with the approved building consent.
  • Where a Compliance Schedule and Compliance Schedule Statement is required, the Specified System(s) in the building are capable of performing to the performance standards set out in the Building Consent
  • The final inspection is completed and passed
  • Any further costs incurred, have been paid in full.

NOTE: Any building work taken out since the enactment of “The Building Act 2004" will require the owner to apply for the Code Compliance Certificate within 2 years of the Building Consent being issued or prior to the expiry date of the approved extension of time.

What is an Electrical Certificate?

An Electrical Certificate confirms work was undertaken by a registered Electrician and meets the electrical compliance requirements.

What is a Producer Statement?

Producer Statements are written statements confirming the plans and specifications or completed works comply with the technical requirements to some or all of the clauses of the Building Code. A Producer Statement is usually issued by a recognised specialist relevant to building work.

The Council will accept Producer Statements from a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng). If the author of the Producer Statement for design is not a CPEng, a peer review of the design from a CPEng engineer is required.

If the author of a Producer Statement for design or construction is not a CPEng or a peer reviewer is not CPEng, the producer statement will not be accepted.

Importance level 2 and up building work - ensure that Producer Statements are signed and dated by the author and are not more than 90 days old.

Importance level 1 building work - ensure that Producer Statements are signed and dated by the author and are not more than 365 days old.

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment - Producer statements

Complaints and appeal process

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