Building Consents

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The Gore District Council is responsible for ensuring that building work is safe, durable, sustainable and poses no danger to the health and wellbeing of property owners and users.

What is a building consent?

A building consent is approval from the Council to carry out building work on a specific property or site, ensuring there is appropriate sanitary plumbing and drainage, that minimum fire safety standards have been met and that works are structurally sound.

A consent ensures the work complies with such legislation are

A building consent is required for most building work, including:

  • Structural - additions, alterations, re-piling, demolition
  • Plumbing and drainage (except the repair and maintenance of existing components included in Schedule 1 exemptions)
  • Relocating a building
  • Installing a solid or diesel fired heating unit
  • Retaining walls higher than 1.5 metres or taking building/vehicle loading surcharge
  • Fences or walls higher than 2.5 metres and all swimming pool fences
  • Swimming pools
  • Decks, platforms or bridges more than 1.5 metres above ground level
  • Sheds greater than 10 square metres in floor area

The application process

The Council has up to 20 working days to either refuse or grant a building consent.

When an application is received it is checked for completeness and signed-off as fit for processing. It is then entered into our system and the 20 working day clock starts. If more informationj is required during processing, the application is suspended and clock stopped until the requested information is provided.

It is important for applicants to provide full details (as per the Council's checklists) with their applications.

Building consent forms

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Does all work need a building consent?

Basic building jobs, such as laying a patio or installing kitchen cupboards, do not require a building consent.

Work that does not require a building consent is set out in the Building Act 2004 (Schedule 1). Although your particular project may be exempt from needing a building consent, the work must still meet the standards set out in the Building Code.

Work that does not require a building consent includes

  • Decks, platforms or bridges with a fall height of less than 1.5 metres
  • Garden trellis or fences less than 2.5 metres high
  • Installing kitchen cupboards
  • Small garden ponds less than 400mm depth
  • Maintenance of homes, for example, replacing spouting or a piece of weatherboard
  • Building a garden shed or outbuilding less than 10 square metres in floor area and greater than its own height from a boundary and any residential building

To learn more, the Ministry of  Business, Innovation and Employment has produced a Guide to work that does not require a building consent [PDF, 2 MB].

You can find historical information relating to Schedule 1 exemptions here.


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