Please email building consent applications, along with the relevant checklist, to Please use a file sharing program (such as wetransfer) if sending files over 10MB in size.

If you are unable to email your application, please contact us on (03) 685 9010.

The Building Act 2004 ushered in new legislation to govern the building industry from 30 November 2004.

The new Building Act aims to improve control of, and encourage better practices in building design and construction. This means:

  1. more clarity on the standards we expect buildings to meet
  2. more guidance on how those standards can be met
  3. more certainty that capable people are undertaking building design, construction and inspection
  4. more scrutiny in the building consent and inspection process
  5. better protection for homeowners through the introduction of mandatory warranties.

The Building Act 2004 repeals the Building Act 1991 and dissolved the Building Industry Authority, which regulated the building industry under the 1991 Act. Administration of the Building Act is completed by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

Further information about the Building Act 2004 can be found at This site also provides guidance and information about your rights and responsibilities as you build or renovate.

Regulatory Guidance Documents

Building Consent User Guide (link)
Guidance on Plumbing and Drainage Supervision (link)
Complaints Policy (Download)

BCA Forms and Checklists

Building Consent Application Form(Form 2) (Download)
Building Consent Application Checklist (link)
Solid Fuel Burner Application Checklist (link)
Statutory Declaration - Owner-Builder Status (link)
Application for Code Compliance Certificate (link)
Modification Durability Request (link)

TA Forms and Checklists

Application for Certificate of Acceptance (link)
Application for Certificate for Public Use (link)
Application for Amendment to Compliance Schedule (Download)

Application for Discretionary Exemption (Download)

Notification of Exempt Building Work (Download)


Producer Statement PS3 Template (link)
Drainage Plan Template (link)

BWOF/Compliance Schedule Forms and Guides

BWOF Guidance - MBIE website.(link)
Compliance Schedule Handbook (link)
IQP Search (link)
Specified system LIST for building consent applications - MDC CS1 in email (Download)
Specified system FORM for building consent applications - MDC CS2 in email (Download)
Earthquake-Prone Buildings (link)

Managing Earthquake Prone Buildings - MBIE website. (link)

Swimming Pools

Building (Pools) Amendment Act 2016 (Link)
NZBC F9 - Means of restricting access to residential pools - MBIE website (link)

Fees and Charges

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