If you are planning to build or renovate your home or business, almost everything you build needs to meet a number of standards and regulations like the Building Act 2004. Council is the Building Consent Authority for Central Otago providing building consents for work that needs approval and inspection under the Act.
We are here to help you get all the right information you need for building consents. For any major projects make an appointment with one of our building inspectors first.
We suggest you get a professional to help with design work, drawings, specifications and documentation as building and resource consent applications can be complex. For more detailed guidance go to the Ministry of Building, Innovation and Employment website.
For simpler projects this site or a Building Control Officer should be able to give you all the guidance you need.
Phone: (03) 440 0056
See Forms - Building
Details on the building consent process, how to apply, what it costs, time frames and more.
How to book and prepare for on-site inspections, and what inspections cover.
Building on Land Subject to Natural Hazard
An explanation of building consent under Section 72 of the Building Act 2004.
Certificate of Acceptance
A COA allows for certification of work that didn't have building consent when it should have.
Change of Use of Building
Intending to change the use of your building? You'll want to read this page first.
Learn more about the CCC of Final Sign-Off stage of the process.
There are some extra requirements for building consent for a commercial premises.
The process for resolving problems should you strike them with your build or regarding our building team's level of service.
Dangerous and Insanitary Buildings
Building inspectors can be called to inspect buildings suspected of being dangerous or insanitary.
Earthquake Prone Buildings
A page that links to our current policy and will be updated as developments occur.
Exempt Building Work
Find out more about a range of building work that can be done without a building consent.
Fencing of Swimming Pools
If you plan to install a new pool or spa make sure you read this page about fencing requirements.
Installing a Fire
You need to apply for consent for all liquid and solid fuel heaters.
You'll need a consent to erect a marquee of 100m2 or greater. Find out how to apply.
Photovoltaic (Solar) Panels
Generally speaking energy work does not require a building consent but there are some exceptions...
Project Information Memorandum
PIM reports provide info relevant to a building proposal and are required for most building work.
Completed by a suitably qualified professional this confirms design or construction meets Code.
Restricted Building Work & Multiproof Approval
What work is classified as Restricted Building Work and needs a Licencsed Building Practioner?
The requirements for septic tanks.
Subdivision of an existing building
Your obligations under Section 116A of the Building Act 2004 in relation to subdividing.
Our advice for property owners wanting site specific wind zone assessments.