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Last reviewed: Wed, 22 Apr 2015

Building consent

The Christchurch City Council is responsible for issuing building consents within Christchurch and Banks Peninsula.

A building consent is a formal approval to undertake building work in accordance with the approved plans and specifications.  A building consent establishes that your planned building work complies with the Building Act 2004 and the building code.

Building consent authorities (BCA), such as the Council, issue building consents, undertake inspections during construction and issue code compliance certificates, notices to fix and compliance schedules.

Do you need building consent?

Most building work requires a building consent. However, some work, such as minor and non-structural alterations and construction, may be exempt.

About the building consent process

An overview of the building consent process.

Apply, amending or withdrawing your building consent

Information about lodging your application for building consent.

Exemption from building consent

Information about the range of building work that can be undertaken without a building consent.

Frequently asked questions

Questions and answers about building consents.


Terms and definitions


Authorising Unit: Building Control and City Rebuild Group

Last reviewed: Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Next review: Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Keywords: building consent, consent