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Building Act Administration (building consent, inspections)

The building department is responsible for controlling the standards of buildings to ensure they are safe, contribute to people’s health and well-being and are designed, constructed and able to be used in ways that promote sustainable development. An important job is deciding whether to grant consents to people wanting to construct buildings.

Almost all building work requires approval by Council through a building consent. A building consent is confirmation that the proposed building, plumbing, drainage and safety requirements comply with the building code.

The three Wairarapa councils moved to a more consistent approach to processing building consents and standardised application forms.

Do I need a Building Consent?

How do I apply?

Building Consent Process


Project Information Memorandums (PIMs)

Forms for Building Consents

Fees for Consents Building 

Certificates and Compliance

Greater Wellington Building Guide (website)

Building Guide (PDF) 


Exemption Under Section 6 of the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 in relation to Spa Pools and Hot Tubs. Public notice is given that Council at its meeting on 24 November 2010 has resolved the following:
1. That Council resolve to grant an exemption under Section 6 of the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 in relation to spa pools and hot tubs from such structures:
a. requiring a building consent, and
b. needing to be fenced

Subject to the provisions of Appendix 2 clauses (a) to (k).
2. That Council adopts the recommendations of NZS8500:2006 Safety Barriers and Fences around Swimming Pools, Spas, and hot tubs in its entirety as replacing the Schedule of the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987.

Therefore an exemption from the requirements of a building consent and fencing will be granted by Council subject to the application meeting the relevant criteria as listed in Appendix 2 clauses (a) to (k).  Please click the link below for the schedule of the relevant criteria.

Information on this page has been sourced from Auckland City Council.


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