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.
Most building work requires a building consent. However, some work, such as minor and non-structural alterations and construction, may be exempt.
An overview of the building consent process.
Information about lodging your application for building consent.
Information about the range of building work that can be undertaken without a building consent.
Questions and answers about building consents.
Terms and definitions