Fire and Emergency NZ has advised that the Manawatū-Whanganui Coastal Zone will move to a restricted fire season from 8am on Friday 12 January until further notice due to warm temperatures, drying winds and a lack of rainfall. A restricted fire season means anyone planning on lighting an open-air fire will need a permit.Please be aware of the fire risk conditions – if in doubt, don't light!
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For the 2023/24 financial year (starting in July 2023) the council is making a one-off rates remission (reduction) of up to $500 available for households facing a rates rise higher than $700.
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Certain types of building work do not require a building consent. These are listed within Schedule 1 of the Building Act. Such works tend to be small-scale, being within certain dimensional or volume limitations. Building works exempt from building consent requirements must still comply with the New Zealand Code.
Exemption 2 allows a discretionary decision to be made by Whanganui District Council to exempt proposed building work from the requirement to obtain a building consent in circumstances specified.
Schedule 1 Part 1 Clause 2 exemption
You will need to create a RealMe account to access the Council’s online application form. This will allow you to log in to Online Services website where you can complete the application form.
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If you do need assistance, visit Council Customer Services at 101 Guyton Street where a dedicated staff member can take you through the online application process.
Application for Exemption under Part 1 clause 2 must be processed within 20 days working days. Requests for further information will stop the statutory clock and it is not restarted until all the required information is supplied.
Paper-based applications may incur increased costs for items such as scanning.
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.
To make an appointment with a member of our building control team to find out more about how to lodge your application, please call 06 349 0001.