The Christchurch City Council, as a building consent authority, is responsible for processing building consent applications within Christchurch and Banks Peninsula.
Obtaining the approvals to undertake building work can be complex, however, we are here to help you through the process.
We recommend that you engage an experienced professional (e.g. an architect or draughtsperson) to help with design work, drawings, specifications and documentation before applying for building consent.
Work with your agent (e.g. an architect or designer) to come up with a concept design first. Unless you are confident that all matters have been considered, we recommend you do not proceed to final drawings early in your project until you have considered:
Your application will go through a technical acceptance check to assess if the relevant information has been provided.
A decision will be made whether to accept or not accept your application for processing. We will advise you in writing of the decision and include an invoice.
The application is assessed to determine if the proposed building work will meet the requirements of building code.
When your application is received and is accepted, the statutory time frame (or statutory clock) of 20 working days for processing your application starts on the next working day after the day on which a complete application is received. We make a decision on your building consent within 20 working days.
This timeframe is reduced to 10 working days if the building that you are proposing has a MultiProof approval(external link).
During the processing of your application, the statutory clock stops if we have to send you a request for information (RFI). Please respond quickly with all the information requested.
Once all the information is provided the statutory clock will be started again and processing of the application will resume.
Please refer to our avoiding requests for information page for tips that may allow your application to be processed more quickly.
We process your application to become satisfied on reasonable grounds that the provisions of the building code(external link) would be met if the building work was properly completed in accordance with the plans and specifications.
A producer statement is a document where the author declares a professional opinion based on sound judgment and specialist expertise that the design or the building work complies with the building code.
A producer statement may be accepted by a building consent authority as evidence to become satisfied on reasonable grounds to grant a building consent or issue a code compliance certificate.
Producer statements are typically used for specialist work, such as the design and review of building work that requires specific engineering design.
There is also a type of producer statement for construction and these statements are typically provided by contractors who have installed a product or system.
There are four types of producer statements:
In considering whether to accept a producer statement, Council will assess the qualifications of the author to ensure that person has the appropriate experience and competence in their area of practice to design or review the building work.
For a producer statement to be accepted, the author must be currently registered with a professional body, the scope of the statement must be within the practice area of the author and all the fields on the producer statement template completed.
Producer statement templates are available on our website. Where producer statements are provided and the author is a member of Engineering New Zealand, NZIA, or ACENZ, the statements can be submitted on the relevant professional body's standard template.
Once we are satisfied on reasonable grounds that the plans and specifications in the application demonstrate compliance with the building code, we will grant the building consent.
Your building consent is granted pending payment of all fees due by you. You will be notified at the granting of the building consent of any fees that are outstanding.
Your building consent documents consist of:
Building consents are valid for 12 months from the date of issue.
Building work must have commenced within the 12 months or the building consent will automatically lapse unless an extension of time to start work has been requested.
If the building consent has lapsed you will need to apply for a new building consent if you want to proceed with the building work.
To apply for an extension, please either:
The letter needs to include the following information:
A fee applies for the extension, please refer to the Notice to fix section under Building inspection fees public webpage.
If you have any queries, concerns or complaints about Building Consent Authority's building control functions, please refer to the Building Consent Authority's customer complaints policy.
Further guidance on resolving problems can also be found at www.building.govt.nz(external link).
For matters of doubt or dispute to do with building work, the Building Act has provision to obtain a determination by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).
Further guidance about determinations can be found at www.building.govt.nz(external link).
The Council is recognised as an accredited building consent authority (BCA).
To become an accredited building consent authority International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) has assessed the Council’s ability to perform building control functions.
Every two years IANZ undertakes an accreditation assessment against the accreditation requirements set out in the Building (Accreditation of Building Consent Authorities) Regulations 2006(external link). The following are links to recent Christchurch City Council accreditation assessment reports
More information on BCA accreditation can be found on the MBIE Building Performance Group website(external link).