The Christchurch City Council is responsible for issuing building consents within Christchurch and Banks Peninsula.
The information below is updated at the beginning of the week and is accurate as of that time.
Our current wait times to start processing a consent application are:
For August 2023, we processed applications (including amendments) within 20 working days:
Please note: The vetting of applications is also experiencing delays. We are currently picking up applications to vet on day 10.
We thank you for your patience and understanding.
In response to a request for information (RFI):
For more information about inspections, or to book, please phone our Inspections Support Team on 03 941 8222 or 0800 800 169.
A building consent is a formal approval to undertake building work in accordance with approved plans and specifications. It establishes that your proposed building work complies with the building code and after we have issued the building consent, we undertake inspections during construction and issue a code compliance certificate when the building work is all completed.
Enter your building consent number in full (e.g. BCN/2022/555) to view the current status or estimated start date. Your building consent number can be found in the email confirmation you were sent when you submitted your building consent application.
We're here to help make sure you meet legal requirements and get through the building consent process.
How building consent applications are processed.
How building work is certified.
The processes and procedures for submitting queries, concerns or complaints about our building control functions.
The Council is recognised as an accredited building consent authority (BCA).