Applying for a Building Consent
When is a building consent required?
A building consent is required for all new building work and where there is a change of use or alterations to existing buildings.
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Some building work is exempt from the need for a building consent - check out the list in Schedule 1 of the Building Act 2004. Further guidance information can be found on our Customers and Designers Information page. If you are unsure whether you will need a building consent or not, please contact the Building Department at Council, phone 03 769 8608, email email@example.com.
If your project requires a building consent, it MUST be obtained before any of the building work commences on site, so please make sure that you start the application process well before construction is due to start on site.
If your project does not require a building consent, the building work undertaken will still need to meet the requirements of the Building Code.
- A building consent will lapse if the work is not started within 12 months after the date of issue of the consent. Please let the Building Control team know if you will require more time to begin work.
- Council has to decide whether to issue or refuse a Code Compliance Certificate (CCC) within two years of granting a building consent. If the work is not going to be completed within two years, it is essential that you advise the Council and request an extension of time.
Applying for a building consent
To apply for a building consent with the Grey District Council, you can submit your application using two different methods, by paper application or online via the online portal, below you will find information on how to do this.
Applications for building consents can be made using the West Coast District Council's Online Consent Application System. Access AlphaOne, the online consents portal here.
AlphaOne is the electronic means for you to upload and submit the following applications:
- PIM only (to read more about PIM's please click here)
- Building consent (with or without PIM)
- Amendment to a building consent
- Code Compliance Certificate
- Exemption from the need for building consent
AlphaOne also enables uploading of documents during the consent and inspection phases.
Please find below the paper forms (and checklists) that can be printed and completed, once completed, please bring these into Council and speak with the Customer Service Officers. Please ensure you have read the checklists and have all information required before submitting your application for a consent.
Please refer to Fees and Charges for current consent costs.
- Application for PIM/Building Consent[Form 2] (PDF, 54KB)
- Application for Code Compliance Certificate[Form 6] (PDF, 64KB)
- Application for Certificate of Public Use[Form 15] (PDF, 38KB)
- Application for Amendment to Compliance Schedule[Form 11] (PDF, 51KB)
- Application for Certificate of Acceptance[Form 8] (PDF, 39KB)
- Residential Checklist[Form 2-R] (PDF, 51KB)
- Commercial or Industrial Checklist[Form 2-I] (PDF, 60KB)
- Solid Fuel Heater Application Checklist[Form 2-H] (PDF, 28KB)
- Checklist for Code Compliance Certificate[Form 6-I] (PDF, 24KB)
- Checklist for Solid Fuel Heater Code Compliance Certificate[Form 6-H] (PDF, 31KB)
Further forms are available from the building control Forms page.
Under Section 46 of the Building Act 2004, the BCA is required to send certain applications to Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) Design Review Unit Engineering (DRUEU) for review under the Fire Service Act. Where this occurs, the DRU EU has ten (10) working days in which to provide their feedback/memorandum to the BCA.
The memorandum issued by the DRU EU will set out their advice in regard to provisions for means of escape from fire and the needs of persons who are authorised by law to enter the building to undertake fire-fighting.
If you have any queries or need help, please contact the Building Control team, phone 03 769 8608, email firstname.lastname@example.org.