If you’re planning a construction activity, or an activity that affects the environment, you may need to apply for a building consent, resource consent, or both. On this page you’ll find information about the types of activity that require consent, how to determine if you need a consent, and why Auckland Council issues consents.
If you build without a building consent, you may be liable for a fine. You may also have trouble selling or insuring the building in the future.
We cannot issue building consents retrospectively, although you can apply for a certificate of acceptance. Here are some examples of work that requires a consent:
- any structural building including new buildings, additions, alterations, accessory buildings (sheds), and re-piling
- plumbing and drainage
- heating (fireplaces), ventilation and air conditioning systems
- siteworks for a building
- retaining walls higher than 1.5 metres, or retaining walls with a building or driveway near the top
- fences higher than 2.5 metres and any swimming pool fence
- swimming pools
- decks more than 1.5 metres from ground level.
A Resource Consent is for an activity that affects the environment.
The rules that set out what activities may or may not need a resource consent are laid out in the district and regional plans of the former councils, and theProposed Auckland Unitary Plan.
Some rules in the Unitary Plan already apply – see rules that apply now for details.
Prepared under the Resource Management Act, these plans control the effects of activities and development on the environment.
Auckland Council may take a range of enforcement actions against people or businesses who breach the rules set out in the plans, ranging from infringement notices to prosecution.
The kinds of activities that may require a resource consent include:
- building a new house or making additions or alterations
- subdividing a property
- building or other activities in the coastal marine area
- pruning, removing or working near a protected tree
- building a swimming pool
- discharging wastewater or stormwater
- discharging pollution into the air
- incinerating, cremating or burning outdoors.
(Taken from Auckland Council Website)