Top Reasons for Consent Application Hold-Ups

Application Hold-Ups

Below are some of the top reasons why there may be delays with your consent application:

1.  Failure to provide all information and documentation specified on the checklist - click here to find out more about applying for a building consent

2.  Failure to demonstrate compliance with NZS 3604:2011 - Building CodeThe First Schedule of the Building Regulations 1992 for prescribing the functional requirements for buildings and the performance criteria with which new building work must comply. Compliance with the Building Code is mandatory. on design and layout

3.  Smudged and unclear drawings not meeting the required standards

4.  Missing critical design calculations, e.g. bracing, sub-floor and truss design calculations

5.  Owner details on Certificate of Title differ from owner details on the building consent A consent for building work, including plumbing and drainage, to begin in accordance with the approved plans and specifications. A Building Consent is issued by a Building Consent Authority (BCA) and is not a Resource Consent which is issued by a Territorial Authority (TA). application

6.  Conditions imposed by approved Resource ConsentsA land use consent issued in terms of the Resource Management Act 1991 by a Territorial Authority (TA) for land use not designated a permitted activity in the TA’s District Plan. For example, wishing to locate a building closer to the boundary than that permitted by the District Plan. requiring changes to building consent plans and specifications

7.  Distances of buildingsA structure of any kind, whether temporary or permanent, moveable or immoveable, but excluding the following: - any fence or wall not exceeding 2.0m in height - any retaining wall not exceeding 1.5m in height and not incurring a surcharge - any scaffolding or falsework erected temporarily for maintenance or construction purposes - any vehicle, trailer, tent, caravan or boat, whether fixed or moveable, unless it is used as a place of accommodation, business or storage - any swimming pool with walls not more than 1.2m above the ground level at any point - any deck not more than 1.0m above the ground level at any point - any other structure or building not more than 2 metres in height and having a floor area of not more than 10m² which is located a distance equal to or greater than its own height from the boundary from boundaries not clearly indicated on the site plan

8.  Wind zone incorrect or not specified

9.  Timber preservative treatment incorrectly specified

10.  Structural members size and / or spacing do not comply with specified NZ standard

11.  Cladding / system specifications not provided

12.  Missing information on plumbing and drainage drawings, e.g. location of private drainage in relation to boundaries and public drainage lines

13.  Existing and finished floor levels for proposed building alteration project not shown on elevations and sections of building consent A consent for building work, including plumbing and drainage, to begin in accordance with the approved plans and specifications. A Building Consent is issued by a Building Consent Authority (BCA) and is not a Resource Consent which is issued by a Territorial Authority (TA). documents

14.  Producer StatementsA document that states certain work will be, or has been, carried out in accordance with certain technical specifications. For example, a statement may be made by an engineer confirming that a building design complies with a particular New Zealand Standard, or by a cladding installer confirming that a cladding was installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications. Producer statements can assist Building Consent Authorities (BCA) in deciding whether the work will comply with the Building Code. not fully completed and signed by author, or author is not on Council approved list - click here to find out more about Producer Statements

15.  Location of smoke detectors and hot water cylinder not indicated on plans

16.  Manufacturer specifications and installation details missing

17.  Missing Risk Matrix information halting compliance checking of risk associated with external moisture

18.  Geotechnical reporting not provided where required