If you are not familiar with building plans and compliance with the building code, we recommend engaging an experienced professional to supply the required drawings and information, and to apply for a building consent on your behalf.
It is important that your application is as detailed as possible to enable us to be satisfied the proposed building work when constructed meets the requirements of the Building Act and New Zealand Building Code.
Providing a good application will avoid unnecessary delays. Everyone involved benefits from a complete, accurate, easily understood application as it becomes the plan everyone has to follow.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) have launched a building system search engine, Building Code Hub, which helps people locate the latest building rules and guidance information for designing and constructing buildings. In addition, five commonly used building Standards and a handbook are now free to download from the Standards New Zealand website. Refer to the Building Code Hub and building Related Standards links in the related information area. By making it easier for people to access building-related documents, MBIE hopes to see improved compliance with the Building Code, and more importantly, safer homes and buildings.
When lodging a building consent application we require property owners or their agents to notify us if any part of the site is contaminated with potentially hazardous substances. Substances may include, but are not limited to asbestos or contamination caused by the manufacture of illegal drugs. The council can be notified by written notification in the building consent application or by phoning 03 477 4000 after the building consent has been lodged.
It is important to note if applying for a building consent on a property in the process of being subdivided, and in which a certificate of title has not been issued for the proposed property, that the code compliance certificate will be issued on the underlying property.
Depending on the nature of your project i.e. it could impact on the environment or affect other people, you may need to apply for resource consent as well as building consent. A little under half of all applications for building consent will be checked by a DCC Planner to see if the proposal complies with the District Plan or if resource consent is required. Refer to the Planning check guidance in the related information area.
If resource consent is required, a certificate issued under section 37 of the Building Act is attached to your project information memorandum (PIM) or building consent. A section 37 certificate precludes any work commencing until the resource consent has been granted. We strongly advise you obtain resource consent before seeking a building consent to avoid expensive changes to your proposal.
A guide has been developed to assist you to prepare applications for building consent. For more information, please phone 03 477 4000 or email email@example.com
Earthworks - to determine if resource consent is required for earthworks contact the Planning Department.
Building on land subject to Natural Hazards
Section 72 of the Building Act 2004 is concerned with building on land which is subject to a range of natural hazards, like flooding, slippage and erosion. There are difficulties in building on such hazardous land for both the owner and Council. Section 72 offers a solution to potential conflicts of interest by allowing, in certain situations, an owner to take the risk of building on hazardous land without exposing Council to future liability. If this applies to your project, a section 72 notification will be required to acknowledge that you are aware of the implications of this issue. Please contact the Building Services department for more information.
Project information memorandum (PIM)
A project information memorandum (PIM) summarises information on relevant land features and regulatory requirements that may affect your building work. A PIM can help inform design requirements and reduce time and costs during the consent approval process. Although you can apply for a PIM at the same time as a building consent, it's better to do so beforehand, so you know all the matters that may affect your project before you submit your consent application.
A PIM does not give you any form of approval under the DCC District Plan and is not an authorisation to commence work. You must wait until your building consent (and resource consent, if required) has been granted and issued before commencing work.
A PIM is not compulsory but we recommend that you apply for one for all new dwellings, commercial projects and other significant building activities. If a PIM is not applied for, and DCC considers there may be relevant information on land features and regulatory requirements a project consideration summary will be issued with your building consent. Project consideration summaries incur the same charges as a PIM.
For more information about project information memoranda visit the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website. (link to external website, new window).
Applying for a project information memorandum (PIM)
PIM applications follow a similar process to a building consent application. Once you have the necessary information you can apply in person or online.
Application packs are available on the Building forms and guidance page in the related information area.
Recognised authors are:
- chartered Professional Engineers (CPEng) on the Engineer NZ register; or
- approved and included on the Southern Building Control Group (SBCG) Producer Statement register.
Peer review and a producer statement (PS2) will be required for structural design where:
- an author of a PS1 is not CPEng or on the Southern Building Control Group Producer Statement authors’ register
- structures containing fabricated steel trusses span further than 20 metres. It is noted that lower pitches present greater risk as drainage falls may become insufficient due to roof deflections. The peer review would be limited to the trusses, supports, foundations and connections. Note weld testing may be required to AS/NZS 1554, as referenced in NZS 3404 clause 22.214.171.124 (B1/VM1)
- cold formed portal frames, other than by proprietary manufacturers (such as Totalspan buildings), span further than 10 metres. It is noted that lower pitches present greater risk as drainage falls may become insufficient due to roof deflections
- new buildings of importance level 3 or above as defined by Clause A3 of the NZ Building Code. There will be exceptions, such as a 250 person primary school building consisting of simple single level spaces
- new buildings, apart from detached dwellings, having more than three levels above ground
- any significant structural alterations are made to buildings of importance level 4 or 5, as defined by Clause A3 of the NZ Building Code
- structural designs involving alternative solutions, other than tested proprietary systems or products such as the Gib EzyBrace system
- projects involving significant structural work and an estimated build value exceeding $5 million.
- the spans above refer to the horizontal distance between supporting elements
- a request for peer review is at the discretion of the BCA and is not solely limited to the situations above
- guidance on who can undertake a peer review is provided in section 2.3 of IPENZ Practice Note 2. Ideally the peer reviewer should be independent of the design or assessing engineer and their organisation and have no financial or other interest in the outcome of the peer review. See Practice Note 2 for further information.
- chartered Professional Engineers (CPEng) on the Engineer NZ register
- approved and on the Southern Building Control Group (SBCG) Producer Statement register
- approved and on an accredited Building Consent Authority Producer Statement register
- New Zealand Registered Electricians
- South Island IQP (Independent Qualified Person)
- ERMA (Environmental Risk Management Authority)
- HASNO (Hazardous Substances and New Organism) Register of Test Certifiers.
Restricted Building Work (RBW) and Licensed Building Practitioners (LBP)
Restricted Building Work - Owner-builder exemptions
Complaints against Licensed Building Practitioners (LBP)
Certificate for Public Use (CPU)
Alterations to existing buildings and changing the use of a building
Extensions to the specified intended life of a building
Subdivision of an existing building
- means of escape from fire
- access and facilities for people with disabilities (if this is a requirement for the building)
- protection of other property.
- Building Consent Charges Guide (PDF File, 32.7 KB | New window)
- Certificate for Public Use Application (PDF File, 335.9 KB | New window)
- Dunedin City Council Fire Design Policy (PDF File, 191.8 KB | New window)
- Restricted Building Work Guidance (PDF File, 29.3 KB | New window)
- Speeding up the planning check on your building consent application (PDF File, 765.9 KB | New window)
- Building forms and guidance (Link | New window)
- Building services general charges (Link | New window)
- Land Information Memorandum (LIM) Online Application Form (Link | New window)
- Online LBP Updates form (Link | New window)
- Subscribe to Building Services e-newsletters (Link | New window)
- Water supply information (Link | New window)
- Building CodeHub (Link to external website | New window)
- Complaints about a Licensed Building Practitioner (Link to external website | New window)
- IPEng Charted Professional Engineers Register (Link to external website | New window)
- MBIE Building Performance - Managing Buildings (Link to external website | New window)
- Section 116A of the Building Act 2004 (Link to external website | New window)
- Southern Building Control Group Producer Statement (Link to external website | New window)
- Standards New Zealand (Link to external website | New window)
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