Building Consents

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 apply for a building consent or find out further information about the process visit the Build Waikato website.

Submitting your application

Drop off: Deliver you application to one of our Council offices and pay the lodgement fee/s or you can choose to arrange a pre-lodgement interview to ensure all the necessary documentation is supplied before the application is lodged.  Appointments can be made by phoning Customer Services on (07) 868 0200.  Interviews are held at the Thames office only, 515 Mackay Street, Thames.

Post: Post your application to Thames-Coromandel District Council, Private Bag 1001, Thames, 3540.

Fees for Bulding 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 of 20 working days for procesing begins.

If we require further information, the statutory 'clock' stops until we receive the full information needed.

We aim to process building consent applications within 20 working days.  At the end of 2016 there was a brief overrun period but we are now back on track and managing to consistently meet our target.

2017 Aug 2017 Sep 2017 Oct 2017 Nov 2017 Dec 2017 Jan 2018
Building consents processed within 20 working days 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

Comparison to same period last year:

2016 Aug 2016 Sep 2016 Oct 2016 Nov 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017
Building consents processed within 20 working days 96% 90% 65% 62% 82% 89%

Inspections and Certification

All the building inspections required are listed in your consent and must be completed. They are required at key points in your buildng project to show that the work complies with the consent.

Information on how you can prepare for your inspection can be found on the Build Waikato website.

To book an inspection call Customer Services (07) 868 0200.

Code Compliance Certificate

When you finish your building work you must arrange for a final inspection and then apply to the Council for a Code Compliance Certificate (CCC).

A CCC is issued when we are satisfied the completed building work complies with the building consent.  It provides an assurance to both you and future owners that the building work was done to the appropriate standards.

Further information about Code Compliance Certificates can be found on the Build Waikato website.

Building Warrant of Fitness (BWOF) and Compliance Schedules

To find our information on Building Warrant of Fitness (BWOF) Statements and Compliance Schedules, see the Build Waikato website.

Building owners are required to engage an Independent Qualified Person (IQP) to undertake the inspections, maintenance and reporting procedures for the BWOF process.  See more about IQP's including how to view or join the register.

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.

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