A building consent is required for most building work.
What is a building consent?
Building consent is approval from the Council for building work to be done at a specific site. It ensures that the work is structurally sound, plumbing and drainage is sanitary and that minimum fire standards have been met.
Work carried out without a building consent is illegal and could put people or your property at risk. It could also affect your insurance cover or property sale negotiations.
When do you need a building consent?
Building consent is required for most building work, for example:
- New buildings and alterations/extensions to existing buildings.
- Swimming pools – removing an inground pool or installing a swimming/spa/paddling pool with a depth of 400mm or more. This includes alterations to a swimming pool.
- Retaining walls, garages and carports.
- Some decks and fences.
- Plumbing and drainage work.
- Heating (including fire places), ventilation and air conditioning systems.
- Demolition work.
- Relocation or change of use of buildings.
- Replacing a roof with a different material than what is currently there.
- Locating your hot water cylinder in another position.
- Some shade sails.
- Solar panels.
Some work is exempt from needing a building consent. If you are unsure, please contact a duty planner at Lakes Environmental, phone 03 450 0300 (Queenstown) or 03 443 0006 (Wanaka) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
How to get a building consent
Please complete the application form in full and provide all of the necessary associated information.
Submit your application to Lakes Environmental, Private Bag 50077, Queenstown 9348.
How much will it cost?
A development contribution is levied on all new developments.
Contact a duty planner at Lakes Environmental. Phone 03 450 0300 Queenstown, 03 443 0006 Wanaka.