The consents process gives us a chance to work together with you, providing advice on what you need to know and do, to achieve your goals within the regulatory requirements of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA), the Building Act 2004 and our District Plan.
Note, the information below applies to building consents only: resource consents are a completely separate process. Find out how to apply for resource consents.
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When carrying out these activities, you need to be aware of how your building project may affect services and facilities such as water, wastewater, stormwater and other infrastructure and engineering standards. The building consent process helps us work together to ensure any effects are anticipated and managed safely and effectively.
If you are unsure if you need to apply for a building consent, please contact our Building Quality team on our freephone 0800 492 452 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applying for a building consent
If you are ready to apply for a building consent now, see the Waikato Building Consent Group website for building consent and related reports and certificate forms, along with a wealth of building consent-related information and resources.
Note: We’ve recently changed the way we accept building consent applications to make it quicker and easier for you. You can now email your application with a file share link (e.g. Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive) to email@example.com or you can save your application to a USB stick and post it to us or drop it off at one of our offices.
We’ve created an information brochure that clearly explains how to submit your building consent, including file type and size limits.
We’ve also made some other changes with you in mind. You’ll now receive the BLD number at the beginning of the application process which will make it easier if you want to make a payment online. It will also allow you to track your building consent online using the Track your consent button above.
Once your building consent application has been received, you will be able to track the consent as it is processed using our online tracking tool.
As mentioned above, resource consents follow a completely different process from the building consents process. You may instead (or also) need to apply for resource consent (in relation to land use or subdivision) if you are carrying out any minor or major works or activities which might infringe on a rule within our District Plan. This includes (but is not limited to):
- earthworks, significant landscaping, infrastructure works
- making changes which might affect immediate or nearby neighbours or the environment
- planning to subdivide or develop your land.
Find out how to apply for resource consents.
How we can help you
As a member of the Waikato Building Consent Group, our Waikato District Council Building Quality team is here to help you every step of the way. We work together with the other seven councils within the group, to bring consistency to the building consent process and make life easier for you by guiding you through the building consent process.
Our Building Quality team
Our Building Quality team currently receives and issues around 2,000 building consents per year, along with consents for a wide range of building related projects, from wood burning heaters to multi-storey buildings. The team also:
- provides advice and assistance around the building consents process
- processes the consents
- carries out building inspections
- records and monitors building warrants of fitness
- ensures the provisions of the Building (Pools) Amendment Act 2016 are complied with.
Contact our Building Quality team if:
- you'd like to sit down and chat with us first before beginning your building consent application
- you require more information and/or advice when preparing your application or after your application has been submitted
- you'd like to request a building inspection.
Our main office in Ngaruawahia deals with all building related enquiries, including booking inspection appointments and Certificates of Public Use, Notice to Fix, Infringements and Unauthorised Building Work Notices. We also have Building Quality team staff including inspectors in our Tuakau office who will pick up these enquiries from our main office as appropriate.
Building inspectors are available for appointments within the following times:
- Ngaruawahia office - Monday to Thursday, 8.00am to 10.00am, Friday 9.00am to 10.00am.
- Tuakau office - Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8.30am to 10.00am.
To make a building consent or technical enquiry - or to book a building inspection - call the team on our freephone 0800 492 452 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To help with processing efficiency, our building consent processing officers (building, engineering, planning) focus solely on processing applications between 10.00am - 3.00pm each day. If you call between these times with a processing question we’ll take a message and a processing officer will get back to you. Our building consent processing officers aim to respond to phone and email enquiries before 10.00am the next business day.
Waikato Building Consents Group website
The Waikato Building Consents Group website is for anyone who is working in the local building industry or is involved in a building project, large or small. The group website provides extensive information on the building consent process, building consent requirements and other information, including:
The Waikato Building Consent Group website also provides other relevant information you may need for your building project, including links to other useful websites
See our District Plan and Waikato district ward maps - and use our Maps Online tool - to find out more about properties in the Waikato district.