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COVID-19: Building and Construction Sector Guidance

To find out how to work at different COVID-19 protection framework settings and for up to date information and guidance please refer to the following websites:

  • CHASNZ COVID-19 - For health and safety protocols at different alert levels and for working at the current alert level.
  • building.govt.nz/covid-19 - For COVID-19 guidance specific to the building and construction sector.
  • COVID-19  - For information about COVID-19

If you have any queries you can contact council on  ph:07 868 0200 or email customerservices@tcdc.govt.nz


Delays Possible

We’d like to thank you for your patience.

The Building Unit is currently managing a backlog of Building Consent  applications,  product substitution amendment applications and a bulk of RFI responses.  As a result some applicants are experiencing delays. 

A further contractor has been engaged to assist and we will be doing everything we can to get through the volume of consents as quickly as possible to reduce the backlog.

If your project is one of the ones affected please be assured we will be getting to it as soon as possible.

As a team we appreciate the industry's support and understandng to help us get through this peak and for being good folk to work with.


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 www.tcdc.govt.nz) and the Privacy Act 2020. 

For Documents that contain personal details, such as bank account details, we request that you email these directly to customer.services@tcdc.govt.nz.  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 / 2022 Dec 2021 Jan 2022 Feb 2022 Mar 2022 Apr 2022 May 2022
Building consents processed within 20 working days 87.61% 81.58% 83.96% 83.45% 91.07% 90.70%

Comparison to same period last year:

2020 / 2021 Dec 2020 Jan 2021 Feb 2021 Mar 2021 Apr 2022 May 2022
Building consents processed within 20 working days 98.68% 97.56% 99.18% 97.52% 99.15% 98.63%

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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