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Council's Building Control Services have been accredited by the Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment (MBIE) and International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) to ensure that certain minimum standards for health and safety of the building users are met in all building construction works.

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Simpli (GoShift) simplifies the building consent process

Tararua District Council is one of more than 20 councils around the country that are working together to bring consistency to the building consent process.

The vision of the initiative, called Simpli, is to deliver a consistent and timely consenting experience with the aim of providing a simpler process for building consent applications.

Simpli is a partnership between Central Government (Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment) and Local Government (local councils) to improve performance, consistency and service delivery across the building consent system. You can find out more about the Simpli initiative by visiting the website.

Alongside the new application forms, a comprehensive set of guides have been designed to support you to understand and complete the applications for building work. The guides and application forms are available on the Council website or the Simpli website.

You can also obtain a hard copy of any application or guide by calling in to your nearest Council Service Centre, or call us on the numbers below and request these to be mailed out to you.

Tararua District Council transitioned to the Simpli application forms and guidelines on Monday, 27 March 2017. From this date forward, it is important that you ensure that you are using the Simpli forms for your building consent related applications, Council will no longer accept any applications made on the old forms.

Council is happy to answer any questions you might have regarding the Simpli initiative. You can get in touch with the Council team by phoning 06 374 4080 or 06 376 0110, or email

Council contacts

Building Control Team
P. 06 374 4080
F. 06 374 4137


Planning Team
P. 06 374 4080
F. 06 374 4137