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 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 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 processing 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.

2017/2018 Oct 2017 Nov 2017 Dec 2017 Jan 2018 Feb 2018 Mar 2018
Building consents processed within 20 working days 100% 100% 100% 100% 99% 100%

Comparison to same period last year:

2016/2017 Oct 2016 Nov 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar 2017
Building consents processed within 20 working days 65% 62% 82% 89%
99% 99%

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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