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Apply for a building consent online

It’s now easier than ever to apply for a New Plymouth District Council building consent. You can apply online at any time, from anywhere, pay for your application, submit further information and track your building consent progress. As all correspondence is digital, your application process is simpler and faster leaving you more time to pick your paint colours!
It usually takes 20 working days from the date of application to process your building consent. This time can vary however if your application was incomplete or requires extra documentation.

 

Before you get started

Before applying for a building consent make sure you know what you're applying for and if there are any other considerations or approvals that you need to address.

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You can apply for these items online:

  • Building consents
  • Project Information Memoranda (PIM)
  • Code Compliance Certificates (CCC)
  • Amendments
  • Exempt works
  • Certificates of Acceptance
  • Certificates for Public Use

How to apply for building consent online

1. Sign up or login to the NPDC Building Consent portal (please allow up to 2 working days before your account is active). Once your account has been activated you’ll receive an email notification from us to confirm that you can now log in.

2. Lodge your application – follow the prompts to enter your details, upload drawings and supporting documentation, and submit your application.

3. Vetting – we’ll do a quick check to make sure that your application is complete and email you once it’s been accepted.

4. Request for Further Information (RFI) – if we need to ask for more details to support your application, you’ll receive an email from us providing instructions on how to do this. You can also view any RFI’s on your dashboard in the customer portal.

5. Processing – our Building Consent Processing team will assess your project against the NZ Building Code to make sure it’s safe and compliant. You can track the status at any time in the customer portal, it also shows any correspondence and due dates.

6. Invoice – once the consent is granted we’ll upload an invoice to your customer portal, and send you an email notification with payment instructions.

7. Grant and issue – once your fees are paid the consent can be issued - we’ll issue your Building Consent through the portal. You can download your full approved documentation from your customer portal.

8. Inspections – your required inspections will be listed on your Building Consent. To make an inspection booking, please phone us on 06 759 6060. Following an inspection the report will be sent via email.

9. Code Compliance Certificate (CCC) – once your required documents and CCC application form have been received and checked, we’ll be in touch to arrange a final inspection. If all of the building work has passed the final inspection we can issue your Code Compliance Certificate, and we’ll send you an invoice if there are any outstanding fees to be paid. 

The process is now complete!

Not sure if you need a consent?

Not all building work needs a consent. Find out if you need one on our Do I need a building consent page.

Do I need a building consent?

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