Building Consent Documents

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The Building Act 2004 ushered in new legislation to govern the building industry from 30 November 2004.

The new Building Act aims to improve control of, and encourage better practices in building design and construction. This means:

  1. more clarity on the standards we expect buildings to meet
  2. more guidance on how those standards can be met
  3. more certainty that capable people are undertaking building design, construction and inspection
  4. more scrutiny in the building consent and inspection process
  5. better protection for homeowners through the introduction of mandatory warranties.

The Building Act 2004 repeals the Building Act 1991 and dissolved the Building Industry Authority, which regulated the building industry under the 1991 Act. Administration of the Building Act is completed by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

Further information about the Building Act 2004 can be found at This site also provides guidance and information about your rights and responsibilities as you build or renovate.

Forms and Guides

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BCA Forms and Checklists

  • Building Consents - Application for Code Compliance Certificate
  • Building Consents - Building Consent Application Checklist
  • Building Consents - Building Consent Application Form
  • Statutory Declaration - Owner-Builder Status
  • BWOF/Compliance Schedule Forms

  • Building Consents - Specified system form for building consent applications - Form - MDC CS2
  • Building Consents - Specified system list for building consent applications - MDC CS1
  • BWOF/Compliance Schedule Guides

  • BWOF Guidance - MBIE website
  • Compliance Schedule Handbook
  • IQP Search
  • Earthquake Prone Buildings

  • Earthquake Prone Buildings
  • Managing Earthquake Prone Buildings - MBIE website
  • Regulatory Guidance Documents

  • Building Consent User Guide v 4.5
  • Complaint Policy
  • Guidance on Plumbing and Drainage Supervision
  • Swimming Pools

  • Building (Pools) Amendment Act 2016
  • NZBC F9 - Means of restricting access to residential pools - MBIE website
  • Swimming Pool Checklist for Owners
  • TA Forms and Checklists

  • Application for Amendment to Compliance Schedule
  • Application for Discretionary Exemption from Building Consent
  • Building Consents - Application for Certificate For Public Use
  • Building Consents - Application for Certificate of Acceptance
  • Notification of Exempt Building Work
  • Templates

  • Building Consents - Drainage Plan Template
  • Building Consents - Producer Statement PS3 Template