Building Services


​​The Council’s building services team is tasked with ensuring that all building and plumbing/drainage works within the Whanganui district, receive a building consent in a timely manner and that they are inspected at defined intervals to ensure compliance with the national Building Code.

​​​​​​​What we do​

The Building Act 2004, the majority of which was implemented in March 2005, requires increased levels of in-house assessment of plans supplied and increased rigour for on-site inspections.

Applications for building consents must be processed within 20 days working days. Applications for standard garages (residential and rural properties) can be fast tracked providing the application meets specific criteria.

All data is securely held in Council files, as well as electronically, and is made available for public viewing where allowable under the Privacy Act.

The Council is accredited by International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) and registered as a Building Consent Authority (BCA) by the Department of Building and Housing (DBH).

Building consents go online

Applying for a building consent is now done online.

To do this, users need a RealMe® account to access the Council's online application form.

To allow people to get their heads around the new process, a dedicated person will help with lodging the online applications and a computer will be available at the Council's Guyton Street building.

To make an appointment with a member of our Customer Services Team to find out more about how to lodge your application, please ring 06 349 0001.

Paper building consent applications are no longer accepted.

Where to get information:​

Ministry of business, Innovation a​nd Em​​ployment​​

From 1 July 2012 the Department of Building and Housing (DBH) was incorporated under a new Government ministry. The new Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) now incorporates the functions of the Department of Building and Housing, the Department of Labour, the Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Science and Innovation.

The MBIE website​​ has a vast array of information relating to all aspects of the building industry. This site has has news and information about the Building Act and Building Code, as well as information about the Ministry’s building control services and activities. It also contains free Building Code compliance documents and information on weathertightness.

Building Act 2004​

The Building Act 2004 site has news and information about the Building Act and review of the Building Code, as well as discussion documents, publications and activities.

Leaky building? ​

If you are seeking information on the ‘leaky building syndrome’ or weathertightness information, please refer to the DBH site.

The Weathertightness Homes Resolution Service (WHRS) was set up by the Government to assist owners of “leaky buildings”. 


Need reliable information about house building, renovation or maintenance? ConsumerBuild will help guide you through the building process and provide the information you need to make informed decisions about your project.

​Vehicle c​​rossings​

All work on vehicle crossings must be undertaken only by a Council-approved installer. These works are required to be registered with Council by way of a building consent application. We suggest you choose an installer from the list and ask him to apply for the building consent on your behalf.

Approved vehicle crossing installers (PDF, 21KB)

Builder lice​​​nsing ​ 

A licensing system for the building industry is one of a package of changes introduced by the Building Act 2004 to improve control of and encourage better practices in design and construction. From March 2012 any ‘restricted work’ must be carried out or supervised by a licensed building practitioner.

Building Act ​​information leaflets ​​​

The Department of Building and Housing has published a range of information brochures, including the linkage between the resource and building consent process, commercial building information, accessibility, designer, specialist trades and developer information. Hard copies are available from the Council or you can download them from this site.

If you are considering building a new house, there is a "Guide to applying for a building consent (simple residential buildings)" available online and in hard copy.

The New Zealand Homeowner's Building Guide: Your guide to NZ building codes, building products, building advice and so much more! There is also a guide for Central North Island home owners​ (PDF, 4.8MB).​​​

Building Control email ne​wsletter

You can also sign up to our Building Control email newsletter, which provides updates on inspection and consent processing timelines, legislative changes, and updates on building materials as well as general sector news.

Acceptable S​olutions NZS 3604:2011 Building Code

​Whanganui's District Library holds copies of Acceptable Solutions NZS 3604:2011 Building Code​​

Fees ​

List of consent fees​ (PDF)

Guides, brochures and forms




Page reviewed: 24 May 2017 1:47pm