What you need to consider when obtaining a building consent for a multi-residential, industrial or commercial building.

Whether your build is simple or complex it is important to understand the consent process, and how it protects people and property.

Most multi-residential, industrial or commercial buildings have additional requirements to make sure they remain safe to use once the building work is complete.

We recommend that you:

  • engage an experienced professional (for example, an architect or draughtsperson) to help with design work, drawings, specifications and documentation.
  • understand how to apply for building consent.
  • find out if you also require resource consent.
  • find out early in your project if a pre-application meeting will help you plan your project.

Some types of applications for building consent must be provided to Fire and Emergency New Zealand by Council for their advice. More information about these types of applications can be found on the Gazette webpage.(external link)

Please include and carefully complete these forms when applying for a multi-residential, industrial or commercial building consent:

Other forms you may be required to include in your application:

Sections 71 - 74 of the Building Act 2004 covers building on land that is subject to a range of natural hazards, such as flooding, slippage and erosion.

Building on land subject to a natural hazard may require further assessment. Refer to Building on land subject to a natural hazard for more information.