Schedule of Fees and Charges : Building Consents

Council has two key roles in Building Control. One is the processing, inspecting and certification of building work via the Building Consent process.  The other is that of a Territorial Authority with the primary focus on Public Safety. With particular emphasis around Building Warrants of Fitness, Swimming Pools and Earthquake Prone Buildings. In addition to this the Territorial Authority function deals with illegal buildings, enforcement actions and general guidance.

Council's Consent and Inspections role is independently assessed every two years as a Building Consent Authority. Given the range of building project work that Council processes, a range of fees are applicable.  These usually consist of an initial fee and any further fees required are charged at an hourly rate if technical advice or processing exceeds the initial fee.

These charges apply to all actions of the Council for which a charge may be levied pursuant to Section 219 and 240 of the Building Act 2004. The following outlines general fees for processing Building Consents.  Further detail is provided under headings in the tables below:

Inspection Fees rate duration

All fees for Building Consent Inspections are valid for the two year duration of a building consent. If you require an extension any inspection carried out during the extension period will be at the rate applicable at the date and time of the inspection.

Investigation/Enforcement Fees

The Council will investigate instances of alleged non-compliance with the Building Act 2004, the Building Code and related matters. In the event that an investigation concludes that an offence has occurred, costs associated with such investigations, calculated in accordance with the hourly rate specified above, will be recovered from the offending party or owner of the property on which an offence has occurred. Where a non-compliance with the Building Act, Consent or Building Code requires a Notice to Fix Council will also charge for the cost of the Notice.

Please also note that:

  • The standard fees in this schedule are minimum fees. 
  • Building consents will be granted and released once full payment of the fees has been receipted.
  • Where the cost of processing significantly exceeds the fee or deposit stipulated below, then an actual time charge shall be payable at the hourly rate as set out in the schedule below.
  • Fees associated with processing the building consent cover the assessment only.  Inspections, lodgement, Code Compliance Certificate (CCC) and other professional fees are charged separately.
  • An initial lodgement fee is required with all Building Consent and Certificate of Acceptance (COA) applications.
  • COA's require the highest level of technical input which may result in additional fees.
  • Council will refund any unused portion of fees for cancelled or withdrawn consents.
  • Specialist services (payable at cost) and Central Government levies payable via Council are additional to fees and charges.
  • Fees are charged based on the market value of the building project or as specifically identified.
  • The deposit fee is the total of the document lodgement fee, the planning check fee and the processing fee, based on project value unless otherwise stipulated.

All fees and charges are inclusive of GST.

Please read the full table to determine which fees and charges apply to your situation.

Building ConsentsUnits2018/2019
Fixed Application Fee for Minor Applications   
Solid or Liquid Fuel Heaters
Fee including plan review, online fee, CCC cost, (excludes inspection costs). Note two inspections required for in-builts 
Per consent  $220.00 
Temporary marquee
Fee including plan review, online fee, CCC cost (excludes inspection costs). 
Per consent $220.00 
Project Information Memoranda (PIM)
Fee includes online fee
Per consent $380.00
Building Consent Lodgement Deposit Fees (non-refundable)
This deposit is payable for all residential and non-residential building consent applications and is non-refundable. All fees are deposits unless otherwise stated. All fees and hourly rates are inclusive of GST and are payable before the consent is issued.
Building projects valued at $20,000 and over are subject to levies from the Department of Building and Housing (DBH - part of the Ministry of Building, Innovation and Employment) and the Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ). Processing fees exclude inspections and other incidental fees.    
Residential (Based on Market Value of the building project)
Building projects valued at less than or equal to $7,500. (includes Plan review.) Per Consent $800.00
7,501 - 20,000 Per consent $1,900.00
20,001 - 100,000 Per consent $2,600.00 
100,001 - 500,000 Per consent $4200.00 
500,001 and over  Per hour $4,600.00
NON-RESIDENTIAL (Based on Market Value of the building project)
Non Residential
All Non-residential building consents projects are those that require assessment in terms of public access, accessibility, fire and worker safety, including places for congregation. Types of buildings include, but are not limited to; shops, offices, doctor's rooms, sports venues, clubs, schools, show homes, farm sheds and farm buildings. Processing fees excludes inspections and other incidental fees.
Building projects valued at less than or equal to $7,500. (includes plan review.) Per consent $1,600.00
7,501 - 20,000 Per consent $2,400.00
20,001 - 100,000 Per consent $3,200.00
100,001 - 500,000 Per consent $4,900.00
500,001 and over  Per hour $5,900.00
OTHER BUILDING CONSENT FEES not Included In Fees above 
Scanning charge  
The scanning of digital storage and file management will not be charged against those building consent applications and/or additional information lodged for processing subject to the online building consenting system being operational and the application been submitted in format that meets council requirements.
Building Consent Administration Charges and Levies (subject to the Building Act 2004)
Fees to be paid after Consent Approval
Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ) 0.1% of the building project value for building projects valued at $20,000 and over. 0.1% Per $1,000 of Project Value 0.1%
Department of Building and Housing (DBH - part of the Ministry of Building, Innovation and Employment) 0.201% of the building project value  0.201% Per $1,000 of Project Value 0.201%
BCA Accreditation and Assessment Levy. Charged for meeting the standards and criteria under the Building Accrediation Regulations 2006 per $1,000 or part thereof of the value of works over $20,444 Per $1000 of Project Value $0.40
Project Planning Information Check for Building Consent Per consent $365.00
Certificate of Title Per application $30.00
Refusal of Building Consent   $100.00
Lapsing a building consent   $100.00
Cancellation Fee   $100.00
Extension of time requests
Fee covers application only processing time will be charged separately at the applicable hourly rate.
Per application $100.00
National Multiple use approval Based on project value $100,000-$499,000 Per consent $1285.00
National Mulitple use approval Based on project value $500,000 and over Per consent $2675.00
Owner Building Fee Fee provides for receiving, processing and sorting declaration Per hour $85.00
Amendments 
Amendments Assessment Fee (Residential & non-residential) Plus processing time will be charged separately at the applicable hourly rate. Per application $100.00 + hourly rate
Amendment Assessment - District Plan Review (Residential and Non-Residential) Per consent $85.00 
Code Compliance Certificate (CCC) for Building five years or older from date of granting the consent. Charges are incurred at an hourly rate and include a full review of the building project including site/project inspection. All modification/waiver fees are additional to stated fees. Per consent Deposit of $710.00 (plus additional officer hourly rate as required) 
Copy of CCC   $60.00
Code Compliance Certificate (residential) Per certificate $240.00
Code Compliance Certificate (non-residential) Per certificate $300.00
TCDC Administration Fee for Building Act Notice
Memorandum of Encumbrance Per application $400.00
LINZ Registration (s72, s75) Fee
Where land is subject to natural hazards or building over more than one allotment
Per application $400.00
LINZ removal of entry   $400.00
Notice To Fix (NTF)
Fee includes preparation and administration.
Per Notice $220.00 
Waiver and modification of Building Code applications
Fee covers application and first hour's processing time, Additional processing time will be charged separately at the applicable hourly rate.
Per application $100.00
Certificate for Public Use (CPU) application fee
Per application $100.00 deposit + officers hourly rate
Certificate for Public Use (CPU) extension of time
Per application $100.00
Change of use fee
Per application $100.00 deposit + officers hourly rate
Compliance Schedule issue/modification and assessment Per application Admin fee $95.00 plus $65.00 per schedule item
Amendment to Compliance Schedule Per application $95.00
Receiving annual BWOF Per application $95.00
BWOF audit site visit per hour (includes re-inspection) Hourly rate $198.00
Exemptions 
Exemptions building work Schedule 1, excludes (2) Per application $200.00
Exemptions Application and Discretionary Exemptions; Schedule 1 (2) Applications Per application $165 + officers hourly rate

Please see our Schedule of Fees and Charges: Building Control Monitoring and our Schedule of Fees and Charges: Inspections pages for more information on the fees we charge for monitoring and inspections.