We’ve confirmed our budget for next year and as a result some of our fees are changing.

Fees are set in the Long Term Plan (LTP), the city’s budget plan for the next 10 years.

Now that the LTP has been confirmed, there are changes to our fees for the building consenting area. Only fees that have changed on 1 July 2018 have been highlighted below.

To view our full fee schedule, visit building consents fees or regulatory and property information services fees.

Amendment of a building consent

There is now a fixed fee for minor variation applications.

Type Previous fee New fee
Minor variation - $185

Code compliance certificate decisions

Where the cost to make a code compliance certificate decision exceeds the fee paid then additional time will be charged at the relevant officer charge out rate.

Type Previous fee New fee
Residential new dwelling (excluding multi-storey apartment buildings) $357 $360
Commercial 1 & 2, residential multi-storey apartment buildings plus alterations to a commercial 3 building less than or equal to $500,000 $488 $550
Commercial 3 over $500,000 $966 $1,200

Exemption applications

Type Previous fee New fee
Schedule 1 exemption application – fixed fee $540 $590

Compliance schedule

Type Previous fee New fee
Compliance schedule amendment fee $140 $250
Annual fee for administering a warrant of fitness $168 $125
Annual fee for administering a warrant of fitness per system* - $40
Issue and register a new compliance schedule $140 $200
BWOF audit fee - $250

* Note: multiple features i.e. a Type 2 and Type 4 fire alarm system within one compliance schedule is under the same specified system and recognised as one charge. Learn more about Building warrant of fitness.

Change of use

Where the cost to process a change of use exceeds the deposit then the additional cost will be charged at the relevant officer charge out rate.

Type Previous fee New fee
Primary purpose where use of building changes - deposit Invoiced at the end of processing based on
the relevant officer charge out rate
$540

Miscellaneous fees for all building consents

Type Previous fee New fee
Residential Accreditation Levy ($0.35 for every $1,000 of estimated value)
An accreditation levy is payable on all building consents to cover Council costs of meeting the standards and criteria required under Building (Accreditation of Building Consent Authorities) Regulations 2006.
$0.30 $0.35
Commercial Accreditation Levy ($0.49 for every $1,000 of estimated value)
An accreditation levy is payable on all building consents to cover Council costs of meeting the standards and criteria required under Building (Accreditation of Building Consent Authorities) Regulations 2006.
$0.30  $0.49 
Application for Exemption for an Earthquake Prone Building (deposit) - $610
Application for an Extension of time for a Heritage Earthquake Prone Building (deposit) - $610
Assessment of information related to a Building’s EQP status (deposit) - $610
Notification of works to be placed on property file $63 $65

Officer charge out hourly rates

Type Previous fee New fee
Rate 1: Building Administration Officer, Inspections Administration Officer $120 No change
Rate 2: Code Compliance Auditors, Vetting Officers $178 $180
Rate 3: Building Consent/Control Officer, Building Inspector, Case Manager, External Contractor (Inspections and Processing) $210 No change
Rate 4: Specialist, Senior Building Consent/Control Officer, Senior Building Inspector $243 $245
Rate 5: Specialist Engineer, Principal Building Official, External Specialist $275 No change
Rate 6: Senior Engineer, Team Manager, Senior External Specialist $294 No change

Land Information Memoranda (LIM)

Type Previous fee New fee

Land Information Memoranda (LIM)

Residential:
$280 standard
$360 fast track 

Commercial:
$352 Standard
$452 fast track

Residential:
$290 standard
$390 fast track 

Commercial:
$435 Standard
$535 fast track