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Building and Planning Consent Christmas Processing Times

Both the Building Act 2004 and the Resource Management Act 1991 stop the statutory processing clock over Christmas and New Year. The period beginning 20 December and ending with the close of 10 January is excluded from the 20 working day timeframe which means that during these dates the processing clock stops.

Therefore any Resource or Building Consent submitted on or after Monday 20 December 2021 will not be processed until Tuesday 11 January 2022 due to the Christmas/New Year break.

If you want your Resource or Building Consent to be processed before Christmas (barring any further information requests which stop the processing clock). Please submit your application prior to Tuesday 23 November 2021.


Building and Construction work at Alert Level 2.

During this time the following services are in place:

Building Consent Inspections and Compliance Inspections:

Onsite inspections can be booked as normal. When booking you will notice there are a few additional questions we are required to ask to ensure health and safey and physical distancing measures are in place and appropriate contract tracing. Compliance Inspections have recommenced.

Processing and Administration capability:

Please continue to submit all building consent applications as this is business as ususal. 

Customer Enquiries:

If you have any queries you can continue to contact Council by phone 07 868 0200 or emailing

Alert Levels may be updated by the Government at any time.

The lastest Information and guidance on what you can do at all Alert Levels can be found on the following websites:

  • For Health and Safety protocols at different alert levels, visit CHASNZ COVID-19 and working at the current alert level.
  • For COVID-19 guidance specific to the building and construction sector, including information on essential services, Visit - COVID-19: Building and construction sector guidance
  • For information about COVID-19, visit Unite against COVID-19 


We have moved our building consent applications to a new online system. Now you can apply anywhere, anytime and it's much easier and quicker than our old paper-based system.

Check our Online Building Consent Customer Guide

Use the "Building Applications Click here" button below to apply for:

  • Project Information Memorandum (PIM)
  • Building Consent (with or without a PIM)
  • Amendment to a Building Consent
  • Code Compliance Certificate
  • Certificate of Acceptance
  • Exemption from the need for Building Consent under Schedule 1(2)
  • Multiproof Building
  • Marquees and Stages

If this is your first time applying you will need to create an account by using your email address.

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By submitting this application you agree to consent information and other related information being made publicly available online on Consent Tracker.

The application may contain personal information within the meaning of the Privacy Act 2020.  Personal information will be held and used by Thames-Coromandel District Council in accordance with our Privacy Statement (available at and the Privacy Act 2020. 

For Documents that contain personal details, such as bank account details, we request that you email these directly to  Alternatively, for building consent applications only, this information can be emailed directly to your consent project.

Our Council is part of the Waikato Building Consent Group which provides consistent administration of building consents across the eight member councils.

More information on the Waikato Building Consent Group is available from their website (Build Waikato).

The Build Waikato website provides comprehensive information for anyone involved in a building project whether large or small and provides information including:

See our Building  Projects page for information on projects such as Alterations, Decks, Balconies and Verandahs, Fences and Retaining walls, Garages, Sleep-outs, Sheds, Heaters and Fireplaces for consent requirements and exempted works.

Note: All projects must comply with the District Plan and may require Resource Consent.  To check if you do, contact a Duty Planner by talking to our Customer Service team on 07 868 0200 or to arrange a meeting.

Also, look at our Buying or Selling a Property page for information on Land Information Memorandums, consent notices and more things to keep in mind when you're buying or selling.

How to get a Building Consent

Building work that requires a consent cannot be started until a building consent has been issued by TCDC.

To find out further information about the process visit the Build Waikato website.  

Submitting your application

All building consents are now submitted and processed online.  A fast, easy and convenient way to submit your application anytime from anywhere enabling you to also track your application. For further information on how to apply please click here

Fees for Building Consents

A lodgement fee/s is required and fee schedule can be viewed or downloaded here from the link on the right.  Fee payment can be made by internet banking and further details on how to do this can be located here.  

Processing your application

Once your application has been accepted, the statutory timeframe for processing begins.

  • Building Consent applications within 20 working days
  • Mulitproof applications within 10 working days

If we require further information, the statutory 'clock' stops until we receive the full and correct information requested.

2021 May 2021 Jun 2021 Jul 2021 Aug 2021 Sep 2021 Oct 2021
Building consents processed within 20 working days 98.63% 99.32% 98.79% 95.33% 99.09% 99.09%

Comparison to same period last year:

2020 May 2020 Jun 2020 Jul 2020 Aug 2020 Sept 2020 Oct 2020
Building consents processed within 20 working days 97.75% 100% 99.13% 99.21% 99.19% 100%

Complaints Policy

As a registered and accredited Building Consent Authority (BCA), our Council is required to have a BCA Complaints Policy. Feedback in the form of complaints provides opportunities for learning and improving services. We want to hear from you if you feel dissatisfied with any part of our service related to Building Consent processing or Inspection and issuing Code Compliance Certificates. View our BCA Complaints Policy here.

Building Services Customer Survey

We are committed to providing high quality building control services to meet our customers’ needs and expectations based on professionalism, technical competence, timeliness and accountability by complying with the Building Consent Authority accreditation requirements, the Building Act 2004 and the Building Regulations. Please click here to complete a short survey to give us your feedback.

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