Building Fees & Charges

Building fees and charges are charged under the Building Act 2004. Building infringements are determined by statute and can be found in the Building (Infringement Offences, Fees and Forms) Regulations 2007. The Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ) levy is charge under the Building Research Levies Act 1969. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) levy is charged under the Building Levy Order 2005.

 Unit Fee ($)
Building advice
Application and compliance advice First half hour no charge then at the
Officers rate per hour or
part there of
Building Consent Applications
Government Levies
Certain building consent applications must pay government levies in addition to Council's building consent fees below. We collect the levies and pay them to the Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ) and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). The BRANZ levy is $1.00 per $1,000.00 for building work valued at $20,000 including gst or more. The MBIE levy is $1.75 per $1,000.00 for building work valued at $20,444.00 including gst or more.
Building Research Levy $1.00 per $1,000 value or part thereof for project valued at $20,000 or more
MBIE Levy $1.75 per $1,000 value or part thereof for project valued at $20,444 or more
Accreditation Fee
All building consent applications must pay a Council accreditation fee, in addition to Council's building consent fees below. To issue building consents, we have to meet certain standards set by the government (accreditation). This fee helps to cover the cost of meeting those requirements (Building Accreditation of Building Consent Authorities Regulations 2006).
Accreditation fee per consent application 45.00
Building Fees
All our fees are "deposits" unless we identify them as "fixed". This means we may charge additional fees if necessary to cover the actual time involved. Our fees are set at 100% of the average time involved. But, if you have a large or complex building project, you should budget to receive additional fees on top of your deposit.
You'll need to pay all your levies and fees at the time you lodge your application. If we need to charge you additional fees, you'll need to pay those before we can provide you with the approved consent or code compliance certificate.
Building Consent Application Fees
Demolitions and Removals
Demolish or relocate off site (other than exempt building work) 686.00
Install or replace free standing solid fuel burning appliance 404.00
Install or replace inbuilt solid fuel burning appliance 542.00
Project Information Memorandum (PIM) 300.00
Carports, pergolas, sheds, conservatories
Minor renovation building only (e.g carport) 1,121.00
Proprietary garages and pole sheds
New garage/workshop (proprietary garages) 1,033.00
New farm building, pole shed or bridge 1,033.00
Signs and swimming pool fences 626.00
Minor building work
Minor works 710.00
Wet area shower 936.00
Renovation - plumbing work only with septic tank 1,096.00
New residential buildings
New small single storey dwelling less than 120m2 5,380.00
New single storey dwelling greater than 120m2 6,700.00
New double storey dwelling 7,580.00
Residential additions and alterations
Repiles 1,461.00
Relocatables 2,231.00
Internal renovation 2,451.00
Addition 3,496.00
New commercial/industrial buildings
New cowshed 4,170.00
New small commercial/industrial construction 7,085.00
New large commercial/industrial construction 8,020.00
Commercial/industrial additions and renovations
Minor additions/renovations 2,951.00
Internal renovation 3,721.00
Addition 4,601.00
Other Building Consent Application Fees
Structural or fire engineering review actual cost
Certificate (record) of title search 30.00
Building on land subject to natural hazards notice (Section 73) actual cost
Building over property boundaries certificate (Section 75) actual cost
Amendment to building consent (plus any additional inspections that may be required) 220.00 + actual cost
Extension to building consent timeframes (maximum 12 months) 86.40
Certificate of public use 330.00
Extension to code compliance certificate timeframes 91.50
Additional or special inspections per hour 220.00
Certificate of Acceptance
Certificate of acceptance application building consent fee + 50% + applicable levies
Building Waiver or Modification
Application for waiver or modification 310.00 + actual cost
Application for discretionary exemption (schedule 1) 270.00
Building Warrant of Fitness and Compliance Schedules
Compliance Schedules
New compliance schedule 210.00
Amendment to compliance schedule 90.00
Building Warrant of Fitness
BWOF processing (annual renewal) 135.00
BWOF late reminder notice 185.00
Site audit inspections per hour 220.00
Pool Safety Barriers
Periodic swimming/spa pool safety inspections no charge
Swimming/spa pool safety re-inspections 225.00
Earthquake Prone Buildings
Application for extension of time to provide engineering assessment 360.00
Application for extension of time to complete seismic work - heritage buildings 360.00
Application for exemption from requirement to carry out seismic work 360.00
Additional costs incurred by the Building Consent Authority in processing
the application
actual cost
Building infringements statutory fee
Building records or information
(see Administration - Official information requests)
Building packet requests50.00
When application is in hard copy only
Statistical information (annual) 250.00
Officers Rates
Administration Officer per hour * 120.00
Building Officer per hour * 220.00
Manager per hour * 250.00
* or part thereof.