Building Services Fees & Charges

Building Consents

The following fees and charges are applicable from 1 July 2020 and include GST unless otherwise stated

The Council sets its building consent fees as actual and reasonable costs for the service. These are set by the Council pursuant to s219 Of the Building Act 2004 and s150 of the Local Government Act 2002.

There are two types of fees, which relate to the types of building project being undertaken:

  • Fixed fees – these are for simple project types where the costs are easily identified before application.
  • Estimated fees – based on anticipated costs for that building project type.

Fixed fees

This fee covers all the costs payable for the building consent types listed below. The amount is fixed and no additional costs will be charged by the Council (except for additional time incurred for rural consents). Fixed fees are to be paid at the time of issue of the application.



Building consent fee


Temporary sign


PD only

Stormwater separation



Vehicle crossings



Valve vented cylinders



Inbuilt solid fuel heaters



Free standing solid fuel heaters



  • Demolition/Removal
  • Swimming pools – plastic, ‘para’, blow-up, fibreglass, in-ground (other than in-situ concrete, block etc.).
  • Marquees



Schedule 1 Part 1 Clause 2 Exemption


Estimated building consent fees

These fees are estimates only and are documented to give applicants a guide. Fees charged will be those which are actual and reasonably incurred by Council in receiving, processing, issuing, inspecting and managing that building consent. The fees are made up of three parts:

  • Administration fee – this part of the fee covers administration costs in receiving and vetting an application, Project Information Memorandum (PIM) costs, Code of compliance certificate issue and scanning/digital storage charges.
  • Processing fee – this part of the fee covers officer time in compliance assessment of plans, data entry into Council’s system, correspondence with applicant, consent issue and charging of consent.
  • Consent issue fee – this part of the fee covers officer time in completing inspection and recording of same plus BRANZ and Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment levies payable for any work valued at over $20,000 incl. GST (BRANZ) and $20,444 incl. GST (MBIE). The levy rate is: BRANZ - $1.00 per $1,000; MBIE - $2.01 per $1,000.
  • A building consent accreditation fee is payable for projects:
    • Residential - $1 per $1000 of value (capped at $200).
    • Commercial - $1 per $1000 of value (capped at $500).

    Both the estimated administration fee and processing fee are payable at the conclusion of the application assessment process. At consent issue time the applicant will be required to pay the full balance of the costs that are deemed actual and reasonable by Council.

    Additional charges may be made in respect to a consent that incurs further costs such as extra inspections.

    Fee estimates



    Estimated Cost at Issue

    The consent application fee is payable at assessment completion and includes administration and processing costs.

    New Residential Dwellings


    $0 to $100,000



    $100,001 to $200,000



    Above $200,000


    Residential additions, alterations and relocations


    Ancillary Building Work (1 inspection)



    Minor Building Work (2 inspections)



    Minor building work accessory to main building



    $0 to $20,000



    $20,001 to $50,000



    Above $50,001


    Commercial buildings


    Minor building work up to $20,000



    $20,001 to $50,000



    $50,001 to $100,000



    Add/Alts to $100,001


     4D  New under $200,000 $1615.79+/-


    $200,001 to $500,000



    $500,001 to $1M



    Over $1M


    Ancillary projects


    Solar, hot water heating, minor plumbing and drainage



    Fire reinstatement



    Farm buildings



    Project information memorandum


    General Charges


    Independent Qualified Persons (IQP) registrations

    $143.00 plus $20.00 per feature

    Independent Qualified Persons (IQP) two yearly renewal


    Independent Qualified Persons (IQP) registrations

    $143.00 plus $20.00 per feature

    Certificate of Acceptance (CoA)

    $260.00 application fee plus actual costs

    Certificate for Public Use (CfPU)

    $260.00 application fee plus actual costs

    Scheduled/unscheduled building, plumbing and drainage inspections. Such inspections will include but are not limited to:

    • Requested inspections of existing buildings
    • Inspections of unauthorised work (plus a Certificate of Acceptance Fee of $260)
    • Re-inspection of work subject to prior notification
    • Inspection of work covered by Notice to Fix
    • Building Warrant of Fitness inspection
    • Inspections as per plans or description provided for Certificate of Public Use (CfPU) application (plus a Certificate of Public Use application fee of $260)
    • Application for extension of time to enable issue of Code Compliance Certificate (site inspection incurs an additional cost)

    $165.00 per hour






    Compliance schedule – issue fee

    $143.00 and

    $20 per feature

    Compliance schedule – alteration or amendment fee


    Compliance audits

    $143.00 per hour

    Building Warrant of Fitness annual fee


    Engineering assessment

    The building consent fee does not include the cost of any structural assessment which may be required. This will be on-charged at cost.

    Building consent accreditation fee

    $1 per $1,000.00 of value (capped at $200.00/$500.00)

    Plan searches (includes photocopying up to a maximum of two A3 or five A4 sheets)


    Rural rapid numbers:

    • New
    • Replacement




    Standard & large plan photocopying:A4 (B&W)

    A3 (B&W)

    A2 (B&W)

    A0 - A1 (B&W)

    A4 (Colour)

    A3 (Colour)

    A2 (Colour)

    A0 - A1 (Colour)









    Electronic copies of building pack information

    USB/CD -  Scanned property (up to 24 hours to provide information)

    USB/CD - Unscanned property - small, residential (timeframes to be confirmed due to availability)

    USB/CD - Unscanned property 0 large, residentail (timeframes to be confirmed due to availability)

    Microfiche - site dimension

    Aerial photographs




    Quote on request



    Monthly building statistics

    $120.00 per annum

    Copy of Certificate of Title


    Infrastructure Bond

    Application for all building and/or resource consents in relation to demolition, removal and relocation of buildings and the construction of new buildings within the city’s Urban Zone.

    • Non-refundable administration and inspection fee.
    • Refundable infrastructure bond





    Council Officer Hourly Rates

    Council Officer

    Hourly Rate

    Building Control Manager


    Senior Building Control Officer


    Building Control Officer


    Administration/Support Officer (Technical)


    Technical Council Officer*


    Scheduled / Unscheduled Inspection


    *Infrastructure Officer