Building Consents

Please click on the tabs below for information on when a consent is required, how to apply, processing times, inspections and more. If you have any queries, please contact the Building Department on 03 769 8608, email info@greydc.govt.nz

Doing your research early can save time and money later. You need to identify the need for specific design or other technical reports before you submit a building consent application.

What is a building consent?

A building consent is the formal approval (certificate) issued by a Building Consent Authority (BCA) that confirms we're satisfied on reasonable grounds that any proposed building works meet the requirements of the New Zealand Building Act, Building Regulations and Building Code. A building consent is required before you can begin building works (unless where the building owner has determined that the works may be exempt from requiring a consent under Schedule 1 of the Building Act).

As an approved BCA, Grey District Council's role includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Receiving, considering and making decisions on applications for building consents within statutory time limits;
  • Undertaking inspections of building work to ensure it is compliant with the building consent;
  • Issuing building consents, Code Compliance Certificates (CCC) and Compliance Schedules;
  • Issuing of Notices to Fix; and
  • Dealing with customer enquiries.

The roles and responsibilities of the Grey District Council as a Territorial Authority (TA) which are directly related to building control functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Issuing Project Information Memoranda, Building Consents subject to waivers or modifications, amendments, Certificates of Acceptance, Compliance Schedules and Certificates for Public Use;
  • Administering audits, and enforcing Building Warrants of Fitness;
  • Undertaking functions in relation to dangerous, affected, earthquake-prone and insanitary buildings; and
  • Granting exemptions under Schedule 1 of the Building Act 2004. Note: It is the responsibility of the building Owner(s) to determine if any proposed building work is exempt from requiring a building consent and ensuring it complies with the Building Code.​
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