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How to Deal with Council Consent Processes

One of the hardest things about planning to build your new home or complete your renovations is navigating the confusing maze of council consent processes. In Auckland, there are certain steps that must be taken in order to legally commence any physical work. In many cases, your architect or builder will take care of this process for you. However, if you’re trying to cut costs, you can file a consent application yourself.

Keep reading below for some firsthand tips on how to deal with this time-consuming process. 

Types of Consents

The two most common types of consent required for new homes or renovations in Auckland are building consents and resource consents. It’s important to take care and time preparing your applications to save money and avoid delays in the future.

Building Consent

You’ll need a building consent for most construction projects before you start any physical work. Your application will become the plan for everyone to follow throughout the process, so it pays off to be well prepared and thorough. It will also contain a schedule to help meet all compliance requirements throughout the build.

Resource Consent

If your planned project has the potential to affect the environment, then you might need to apply for resource consent. You’ll need to evaluate any environmental risks and come up with a plan to mitigate them. You’ll also need to consider the people around you and how your project will affect their enjoyment of the environment. A successful application will address all potential risks and contain written consent from any and all affected parties. 

What Makes a Successful Application? 

The key to a successful application is to familiarise yourself with the process and all relevant legislation, as well as being as thorough as possible in each section. If you haven’t gone through this before, you can seek assistance from a local council member or from someone on your building or design team. Make sure you dot your ‘i’s and cross your ‘t’s – this will avoid delays in the future. 

How Much Will It Cost? 

The costs will vary depending on your experience, your local council and the size of your project. You can find the council fees on their website, with consents for bigger projects costing more. In many cases, you will also have to touch base with each contractor in your team for information and advice for which they might charge a fee. A smart approach is to budget twice as much as you think it will cost, so you won’t be surprised and caught out of pocket. 

How Long Will It Take? 

Most councils quote 20 working days as the time it takes to process an application for consent. However, in most cases, you will be asked to provide further information or evidence for your application. If this happens, it ‘stops the clock’ until all necessary information is lodged. The confusing and unpredictable timeline for this process means you should begin as soon as possible; budget extra time for the applications to avoid any further setbacks.

Once you have received the positive verdict, it’s time to start building! Don’t forget to comply with any required inspections and other conditions on your consent. If all goes smoothly, you’ll be enjoying your new home in no time.

Talk to Auckland’s new home experts about your building consent. Contact Next Level Construct to start planning today.