FAQs for Building Services

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a permit to do renovations to my house?

As a rule of thumb, yes.

There are some exemptions from the requirements to have a building consent. Please refer to the Department of Building and Housing's A guide to building work that does not require a building consent Link to External Website.

If you are unsure as to whether the proposed work is exempt, you should bring your proposed plans to our Customer Service Centre where the Duty Building Officer will provide guidance as to whether the work you are planning is exempt.