Information about fees and charges for building consent services and paying for them.

The fees for building consent services are set out in the Building Consents Fee Schedule.

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When you apply for a building consent you will be invoiced the deposit fee. The total cost may vary depending on the time a building consent officer spends processing your application. If we need to request further information this could also have an impact on the total cost and delay the granting of the building consent.

You can view a list of all building consent forms and guides

Your building project may also be subject to fees for services provided by other Council units.

These figures represent consent processing charges for the 2020/2021 financial year ending 30 June 2021, and also include levies collected for Building Research and Building (MBIE). They should be viewed only as a guide to likely fees.

Type Estimated project value Total consent fees (inc. GST)
    Consent count Average  80% of fees fell within the following range
Residential accessory building (habitable) Sleepouts etc. $0 to $19,999 Sample too small - -
$20,000 to $100,000 Sample too small - -
Over $100,000 to $300,000 Sample too small - -
Over $300,000 to $500,000 Sample too small - -
Over $500,000 Sample too small - -
Residential accessory building (non-habitable) Garages, Carports etc. $0 to $19,999 11 $3,411 $1,904 to $4,396
$20,000 to $100,000 45 $3,626 $2,464 to $4,949
Over $100,000 to $300,000 15 $4,411 $3,529 to $5,235
Over $300,000 to $500,000 No consents received - -
Over $500,000 No consents received - -
Residential dwelling detached $0 to $19,999 No consents received - -
$20,000 to $100,000 33 $4,883 $3,443 to $7,331
Over $100,000 to $300,000 277 $6,583 $5,028 to $8,150
Over $300,000 to $500,000 696 $7,374 $6,178 to $8,735
Over $500,000 257 $10,666 $7,817 to $14,103
Residential external alterations and additions $0 to $19,999 58 $2,860 $1,860 to $4,051
$20,000 to $100,000 338 $3,883 $2,354 to $5,640
Over $100,000 to $300,000 170 $5,232 $3,264 to $7,867
Over $300,000 to $500,000 50 $6,586 $4,405 to $9,435
Over $500,000 18 $9,058 $5,374 to $10,727
Residential internal alterations only $0 to $19,999 21 $1,929 $1,537 to $2,314
$20,000 to $100,000 24 $2,512 $1,797 to $4,017
Over $100,000 to $300,000 No consents received - -
Over $300,000 to $500,000 No consents received - -
Over $500,000 No consents received - -
Residential multi-unit dwelling $0 to $19,999 Sample too small -
$20,000 to $100,000 Sample too small - -
Over $100,000 to $500,000 59 $8,933 $6,297 to $11,987
Over $500,000 to $1,000,000 113 $13,602 $9,212 to $19,179
Over $1,000,000 136 $24,421 $14,409 to $37,855
Residential plumbing and drainage $0 to $19,999 12 $2,709 $1,832 to $3,542
$20,000 to $100,000 9 $3,718 $2,035 to $6,796
Over $100,000 to $300,000 Sample too small - -
Over $300,000 to $500,000 No consents received - -
Over $500,000 Sample too small - -
Residential swimming/spa pool $0 to $19,999 Sample too small - -
$20,000 to $100,000 57 $2,812 $2,102 to $3,660
Over $100,000 to $300,000 Sample too small - -
Over $300,000 to $500,000 No consents received - -
Over $500,000 No consents received - -

Note

  • ‘No consents received’ is when there were no consents received in the last financial year
  • 'Sample too small' is when there are six or fewer building consents in the last financial year 

Building consents will cost more when:   

  • there are a significant number of requests for information (RFI's) during processing.
  • the value of the building work is higher.
  • the land has the foundation technical category TC3.
  • the land is a hill site.
  • the land is subject to natural hazards (e.g. flooding, rockfall, etc).
  • the building consent includes more than one building, such as a dwelling and an accessory building etc.
  • due to the complexity of the building work, additional inspections are required.
  • the building consent requires specialist review (e.g. structural, geotechnical or fire engineer, etc).
  • the building consent is for a multi-unit building.
  • the design of the building work is complex, such as multiple cladding systems, use of alternative solutions, etc.

Disclaimer

The Christchurch City Council is not able to provide you with the total cost of your building consent at the time of lodging your application. This cost is only finalised at the time of granting the building consent.

The fees shown are from all building consent fees charged within the 2020/21 financial year.  The information provided in this guide is intended for your general use and information purposes only. 

The Christchurch City Council accepts no liability for your reliance on this guide.

You can use internet banking to pay building consent fees. Payments are credited to our account on the next business day. To avoid processing delays, make sure you include all of the following fields in the payment details:

Bank: Bank of New Zealand

Account Name: Christchurch City Council

Account Number: 02 0800 0044765 03

Particulars/Code/Reference: Refer to your invoice for these details

Call 0800 800 169 to pay over the phone using any major credit card. 

If you are worried about your payments or think you might miss a payment, talk to us, we can help.