Buller District Council

Applying for Consent

Applying for  a consent online

Applications may now be made electronically using the West Coast District Councils Online Consent Application System  online  at https://consents-westcoast.abcs.co.nz/

If you need help to lodge an online consent please contact Council and a staff member will be happy to help.

You still need to pay a deposit and this can be done by internet banking referencing the applicant name and site address to which the building work relates. You can check the relevant deposit for your application at Fees and Charges

What do I need to know about applying for a Building Consent?

All building work must be carried out in accordance with the building code and Council’s District Plan whether or not it is exempt from a building consent.

A building consent is required for most building work. Restricted Building work is the design, construction and alteration of the primary structure and external moisture management systems of houses and small-medium apartment buildings; and the design of fire safety systems for small-medium apartment buildings. Restricted Building Work can only be carried out or supervised by a Licensed Building Practitioners (LBP).

Some examples of what type of work might require a building consent include but are not limited to:

  • Additions/alterations
  • Structural building work
  • Plumbing work
  • Drainage work
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems necessary for the functioning of the building
  • Lifts
  • Site works associated with the building
  • Demolition of commercial buildings
  • Relocatable buildings
  • Swimming pools

What happens next?

  • Incomplete applications or applications with inadequate details will not be accepted
  • Your application will be assessed for completeness, processed by one of our building inspectors and issued when approved. Your application may also need to be seen by other Council departments, for example Planning, Operations, Environmental Health Inspector, etc
  • The Building Act 2004 requires Council to process consents (if not suspended for further information) within 20 working days. Resources permitting, smaller projects like solid fuel installations, minor alterations, garages etc may be processed more quickly. If your building consent has been put on hold waiting for further information, this on hold period is not included in the 20 working day time frame.
  • If you have lodged your consent electronically you can view the progress of your consent through the system.
  • When application processing is completed any costs over and above the deposit paid will be invoiced. The invoice will be emailed to you provided a contact email address has been provided. Once full payment is made the consent and approved plans will be emailed to you and a hardcopy will also be sent out or can be collected from Council offices.
  • You have 12 months from the date the consent was issued to start work or the consent will lapse.
  • If you need help to lodge a building consent please do not hesitate to ask.
  • Hard copy applications will still be accepted and these must be made on the prescribed form.  Only one copy of plans and specifications are required. Application packs are available from Council offices in Westport and Reefton, or from our website.

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