The staging of building work can be beneficial for both the owner and the Council.

For the owner it means they can commence building work on initial stages while completing design work for later stages, while for Council, processing a large-scale project in stages will assist with application processing times. 

Stages of the proposed building work could either be:

  • a stage for each separate building as part of a project for constructing a group of buildings; or
  • staging the construction or alteration of a building.

Please note: the following advice is only directed at applicants wishing to apply for a series of building consents to stage the construction or alteration of a building.


What the Council requires when staging construction or alteration of a building

When an applicant wishes to stage building work for the construction or alteration of a building, there is a requirement that the staging is discussed with Council officers before an application for the first stage is lodged. This will help with creating better quality applications that will ensure faster processing of these applications.

Staged building consents will be seen as cumulative so the plans and specifications at each stage will be required to include the building work approved in earlier stages.

Our approach

Step 1

Pre-application meeting.

Step 2

Staging approval.

Step 3

Stage 1 application: BCN1123.

A change to the earlier stage may be approved in the application for a new stage or as a separate amendment to the most recent issued stage. 

Step 4

Stage 2 application: BCN1234.

A change to the earlier stage may be approved in the application for a new stage or as a separate amendment to the most recent issued stage. 

The plans and specifications provided with a new stage consent application must include the building work approved under earlier stages.

Step 5

Final stage application: BCN1453

Step 6

Final inspection.

Step 7

Application for code compliance certificates.

Step 8

The code compliance certificates are issued when the building is completed.

Important: Plans and specifications from earlier stages will be additional information only (they will not be re-approved at each stage).

Proposed changes to the building work approved in an earlier stage, that has not been built yet, may be addressed as follow:

  1. Option 1: as an amendment to the most recently issued stage; or
  2. Option 2: as additional work to be consented through the application for a further stage.

The Council will issue the code compliance certificates once all building work in all stages have been completed and approved. The applicant can apply for code compliance once there is a passed final inspection of the final stage.

Note that the Council will assign a code compliance assessor to large-scaled projects.


Getting more help

You can benefit by using the services of a case manager from our Partnership Approvals services.

Your case manager will efficiently work with all departments in Council and the external agencies involved to ensure a fast delivery of approvals for your project.


Getting agreement on the staging of your project prior application

  1. Please request a pre-application meeting to be booked using the application form (Word [DOCX, 208 KB] or PDF [PDF, 138 KB]) so your staging proposal can be assessed and attach the Staged building consent approval request form (Word [DOCX, 204 KB] or PDF [PDF, 401 KB])  to your application to present the details of your staging proposal.
  2. Your staging proposal will then be assessed by a building consent officer who may decide on accepting your staging proposal without further discussion required or who may request that a pre-application meeting take place to discuss your proposal further.
  3. Matters that may be covered and confirmed in the pre-application meeting will include:
    • establishing how many stages are proposed
    • establishing the extent of building work in each stage
    • agreement to what is a completed project
    • confirming that applications for initial stages are to include concept plans and a design brief for the complete project
    • confirming that staged building consents are cumulative and the plans and specifications accompanying each application for a further stage must also detail the building work from earlier stages.