Do I need a Building Consent?

Do we need a building consent in Auckland New Zealand?

We get asked all the time, ‘Do I need a Building Consent?’ and most of the time unfortunately the answer is yes, this does mean that you have get some plans drawn, submit them to council, etc.

If you do build without a building consent you may:

  • have difficulties when selling your home
  • be liable for a fine
  • struggle to insure your home, or have difficulties trying to claim insurance in the future

Some examples of when you will require a building consent include:

  • Additions and Extensions, re-piling or building new
  • Alterations when removing/replacing load bearing walls and or bracing
  • Addition of extra windows or doors into external walls
  • Installing a fireplace
  • Building a retaining wall higher than 1.5 metres, or when there is a building or driveway near the top of the retaining wall
  • Installing a swimming pool
  • Decks more than 1.5m from ground level

Do I need a Building Consent for a deck that is 1.2m above ground level?

No you don’t! With the release of the Department of Building and Housing Schedule 1, they have increased the height from 1m to 1.5m to require a Building Consent for the deck!

You can read more when you don’t require a building consent in this guide.

Quality is guaranteed

As you’d expect from the best Auckland and North Shore builders, our work is guaranteed.

Each home comes with the Master Build guarantee, for complete peace of mind. This is New Zealand’s most comprehensive 10-year building guarantee, and is provided via the New Zealand Registered Master Builders Association (RMB).

Service Areas

LC Designer Homes are custom builders and architectural designers covering the North Shore, Hibiscus Coast and parts of Rodney and central Auckland, NZ.

From Orewa, Silverdale, Whangaparaoa, Kaukapakapa, Greenhithe, Albany, Birkenhead and Takapuna, through to Ponsonby, Epsom, Remuera and Mt Eden.

Take the next step

Are you looking for architectural designers or residential builders in Auckland and the North Shore?

The next step to designing, building, renovating or recladding your home is to arrange an initial meeting to discuss your project, whether you’re just starting the process or you’ve already got some ideas.

Simply call us on 09 950 3385 or type a message for us below.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

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