What are the Auckland council requirements for building or renovating?

If you’re renovating or building a new home, you will likely need consent of some form. Unless the changes are minor, you will probably need to apply to the Auckland Council for consent… and not doing it could be a disaster for your project.

Consent is a double edged sword; you need to apply for everything before you do it, and then you need to get it checked out afterwards. If you don’t get your renovations or build approved beforehand, you may find that you need to make adjustments and changes to the project afterwards—or even worse, find yourself unable to get consent and having to make extensive changes. If you’re making substantial renovations in Auckland or NZ, you will need consent.

It takes time, but doing it right saves a headache in the long term.

What kind of building work needs consent in Auckland?

If you’re building for the first time on a new site or subdividing, you’ll need resource consent. This makes sure that the land is zoned for the purpose you’ll be using it for, and that what you’re doing isn’t going to affect the environment negatively. Resource consent signs off on any buildings or major alterations, large earthworks, retail builds/ changing the use of an existing property, or removing large areas of vegetation.

Basically, if the changes involve anything structural or substantial, you’ll need building consent. It’s needed to ensure the buildings we have in Auckland are fit for purpose, healthy, and designed to suit the climate and hazards of the area. Small things, like painting, regular garden maintenance and small fences won’t require building consent.

How do you apply for consent?

It depends what you’re doing, but most processes start online. Your architect and builder should be able to advise, or in some cases it’s better if they do the application themselves. For new builds, for instance, the consent process is long and detailed. If you don’t submit the correct documents, it will hold up the entire process and delay the start of the build.

Each process is different and requires different plans and paperwork. In Auckland, renovations and reclads will need building consent. You can apply for everything on the Auckland Council website, which also lists what you will need to submit. If you are unsure if you need consent, start the process with the Auckland Council consent tool.

Be careful that you tick all the boxes

There are a lot of variables when applying for consent and as with any legal process, there are no easy shortcuts.

  • Payment of consent fees is required in full before you start any building work. This may mean a considerable sum, especially for resource consent when subdividing a property or building something new. Make sure you have money built into your budget.
  • While a new fence may not need building consent, it may need resource consent. Make sure you check out both forms of consent, especially if you are making substantial changes.
  • Some forms of work will require that you hire professionals to do the work—you can’t just DIY things like electrical work or structural building work. Make sure you hire the pros and they can sign off on the work they do.
  • The pros also manage the other side of things; the type of machinery being used and if it’s appropriate for the zone, any environmental impact like run-off or drainage issues, geotechnical information and dust control… it’s a minefield for the uninitiated.

How much do renovations cost in NZ?

The cost of your home renovations will vary hugely depending on what you’re doing, and how you’re doing it. If you need consents, then it takes more time and money, whereas a straightforward small DIY job at home is pretty cheap. If you need a quote for your Auckland home renovations, here at Sika, we can help. We are experts at Auckland renovations and reclads.

How much does it cost to renovate a bathroom in NZ?

This depends on the level of renovations and repairs. The average bathroom remodel costs between $20,000 – $30,000 but this can blow out very quickly. If you are intending to renovate your bathroom, make sure you have extra built into the budget- both time and money. If the previous bathroom leaked, there can be extensive water damage repairs required which may blow the budget out.

How much does it cost to extend a house NZ?

This is an expensive option because it will definitely require some form of consent and an array of professionals to do the work. To add a bedroom will cost anywhere between $60,000 to $200,000. To add a second floor, you’re looking at about $350,000.