Welcome to Building Services
What is a building consent?
Building consent is approval from the Council for building work to be done at a specific site. It ensures that the work is structurally sound, plumbing and drainage is sanitary and that minimum fire standards have been met.
Work carried out without a building consent is illegal and could put people or your property at risk. It could also affect your insurance cover or property sale negotiations.
When do you need a building consent?
Building consent is required for most building work, for example:
- New buildings and alterations/extensions to existing buildings.
- Swimming pools – removing an inground pool or installing a swimming/spa/paddling pool with a depth of 400mm or more. This includes alterations to a swimming pool.
- Retaining walls, garages and carports.
- Some decks and fences.
- Plumbing and drainage work.
- Heating (including fire places), ventilation and air conditioning systems.
- Demolition work.
- Relocation or change of use of buildings.
- Replacing a roof with a different material than what is currently there.
- Locating your hot water cylinder in another position.
- Some shade sails.
- Solar panels.
Some work is exempt from needing a building consent. If you are unsure, please contact the duty building officer by phoning 03 450 0300 (Queenstown) or 03 443 0006 (Wanaka) or email .