Building consent – application requirements
When you apply for a building consent you need to supply detailed information, documentation and a fee based on the value of the project.
The following is essential reading for anyone planning a building project or applying for a consent:
An application pack is available on request.
A Project Information Memorandum (PIM) is a detailed report relating to a specific project on a property. It discloses information that may affect approval for a proposed building project, such as:
- need for an evacuation plan approved by Fire and Emergency New Zealand
- potential erosion, slippage or flooding
- the presence of any hazardous contaminants known to the Council
- details on stormwater and sewerage systems
- any development contributions payable
- other relevant authorisation requirements (resource consents and bylaw approvals)
While no longer mandatory, PIMs can reduce delays in obtaining approvals and higlight potential issues in large projects. You can apply before lodging a building consent application or as part of your building consent application.
- Residential Application for a Building Consent and/or Project Information Memorandum – Form 256a
- Commercial and Complex Residential Application for a Building Consent and/or Project Information Memorandum – Form 256b
If you wish to make an alteration to an existing building consent, you can apply for an amendment. Amendments can only be granted prior to the work being undertaken.
For building consents issued from 31 March 2005, the Building Act 2004 requires that the building must comply with the issued building consent. It is therefore important that significant variations from the approved building consent are recorded by the issue of an Amendment to the Building Consent.
Building consent fees are set by the Kāpiti Coast District Council under the Building Act. They are reviewed annually.
BRANZ levies apply to all work valued at $20,000 or more and are set at $1.00 per $1,000 or part. MBIE levies apply to all work valued at $20,444 or more and are set at $1.75 per $1,000 or part. Where the consent is staged the payable levy is assessed on the total project value.
A fee is charged for processing Amendments to a Building Consent. If the amendment alters the value of a project as a whole, there may also be an adjustment to the BRANZ and MBIE levies.
Occasionally, as we work on your application and seek further information, we may find additional areas to investigate (for example, the need for a compliance schedule or an assessment by an environmental health officer).
We may also need additional information not supplied with your initial application and this may result in additional fees. If this is the case, we will send you an invoice for these fees and request you pay this before we issue the building consent.
Additional charges may also apply if we need to send the consent to Fire and Emergency New Zealand for comment.
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The Building Consent Authority welcomes feedback from customers. We want to hear from you if you feel dissatisfied with any part of our service related to building consent processing or inspection and Code Compliance Certificate decisions (to issue or otherwise).
If you are unhappy with a technical decision made by us about your building consent please refer the matter to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) for a determination. www.building.govt.nz/resolving-problems/resolution-options/determinations/