Building Services Fees

Building Services fees and charges listed below have been set according to the Building Act 2004. They enable Manawatu District Council to recover the costs associated with processing applications, undertaking inspections and related work.

Fixed Fees - Fast track building consents (10 working days)

In addition to the fixed charges are any bonds that may be applicable, any structural engineering checking fees, vehicle crossing processing and inspection fees and any legal or consultancy cost that Council may incur during the processing of the applications.

In addition to the charges prescribed by the Manawatu District Council, are levies imposed by the Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ) and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). The BRANZ levy of $1.00 per $1,000 and the MBIE levy of $1.75 per $1,000 is applied to all building consents and Certificates of Acceptance that have building work valued at $20,444.00 incl. GST or more.

e.g. work value = $35,000 | BRANZ = $35.00 | MBIE = $61.25

These levies could be subject to change by the relevant authority.

Fixed fees (excluding fireplaces and minor building work) include a fixed planning fee of $50.00.


Please note: an additional fee will be charged if paying by credit card or paywave. Manawatu District Council does not receive any part of this fee.

Work Type Fee ($)
Fireplaces
J1 Freestanding fire Fixed PIM fee 236.00
  Fixed building consent fee 551.00
J2 Inbuilt fire Fixed PIM fee 237.00
  Fixed building consent fee 755.00
Demolitions and Removal of Buildings
K1 Residential Fixed PIM fee 286.00
  Fixed building consent fee 529.00
K2 Commercial Fixed PIM fee 286.00
  Fixed building consent fee 728.00
Carports/Pergolas/Sheds
L1 Carport, Pergola, Garden Shed Fixed PIM fee 286.00
  Fixed building consent fee 862.00
Proprietary Garages and Pole Sheds
L2 Standard garage Fixed PIM fee 286.00
  Fixed building consent fee 994.00
L3 Garage with plumbing and drainage Fixed PIM fee 286.00
  Fixed building consent fee 1,128.00
L4 Garage with fire wall and plumbing and drainage Fixed PIM fee 286.00
  Fixed building consent fee 1,315.00
Signs
M1 Temporary/Freestanding Fixed PIM fee 286.00
  Fixed building consent fee 598.00
M2 Other Fixed PIM fee 286.00
  Fixed building consent fee 665.00
Conservatories
N Conservatory placed on existing deck Fixed PIM fee 286.00
  Fixed building consent fee 836.00
N1 Conservatory placed on a new deck Fixed PIM fee 286.00
  Fixed building consent fee 994.00
Minor building work (Note: levies charged for work valued over $20,444)
S1 Grease trap installation Fixed PIM fee 237.00
  Fixed building consent fee 551.00
S2 Remove an interior wall Fixed PIM fee 237.00
  Fixed building consent fee 465.00
S3 Install external window/door Fixed PIM fee 237.00
  Fixed building consent fee 465.00
S4 Install storm water drain Fixed PIM fee 237.00
  Fixed building consent fee 551.00
S5 Install WC/shower Fixed PIM fee 237.00
  Fixed building consent fee 755.00
S6 Install hot water cylinder Fixed PIM fee 237.00
  Fixed building consent fee 548.00
S7 Install on-site effluent disposal field Fixed PIM fee 237.00
  Fixed building consent fee 713.00
S8 Marquee over 100 sq m Fixed PIM fee 162.00
  Fixed building consent fee 538.00
S9 Swimming Pool Fixed PIM fee 162.00
  Fixed building consent fee 837.00

Applications where a PIM and/or Building Consent lodgement fee applies (20 working days)

An application lodgement fee is payable at the time the applicant lodges the Project Information Memorandum (PIM) and/or Building Consent application with Council.

We will calculate the total fees including officer’s time, inspections, scanning, code compliance certificate, and any other charges applicable, less the prepaid lodgement fee when the processing of the consent is complete.

Full payment of fees is required prior to the issue of the Project Information Memorandum (PIM) and/or Building Consent.

Work Type Fee ($)
New residential dwelling (including sleepouts)
O1 0-$100,000 Lodgement PIM fee 312.00
  Lodgement building consent fee 675.00
O2 $100,001 - $200,000 Lodgement PIM fee 312.00
  Lodgement building consent fee 675.00
O3 Above $200,001 Lodgement PIM fee 312.00
  Lodgement building consent fee 799.00
Residential additions and alterations (including relocates)
P1 $0 - $5,000 Lodgement PIM fee 153.00
  Lodgement building consent fee 368.00
P2 $5,001 - $20,000 Lodgement PIM fee 153.00
  Lodgement building consent fee 454.00
P3 $20,001 - $100,000 Lodgement PIM fee 312.00
  Lodgement building consent fee 587.00
P4 $100,001 - $200,000 Lodgement PIM fee 312.00
  Lodgement building consent fee 675.00
P5 $200,001 - $500,000 Lodgement PIM fee 312.00
  Lodgement building consent fee 798.00
P6 $500,001 - $1,000,000 Lodgement PIM fee 312.00
  Lodgement building consent fee 1,043.00
P7 Above $1,000,001 Lodgement PIM fee 312.00
  Lodgement building consent fee 1,288.00
New commercial buildings
Q1 Under $100,000 Lodgement PIM fee 312.00
  Lodgement building consent fee 587.00
Q2 $100,001 - $200,000 Lodgement PIM fee 312.00
  Lodgement building consent fee 675.00
Q3 $200,001 - $500,000 Lodgement PIM fee 312.00
  Lodgement building consent fee 798.00
Q4 $500,001 - $1,000,000 Lodgement PIM fee 312.00
  Lodgement building consent fee 1,043.00
Q5 Above $1,000,001 Lodgement PIM fee 312.00
  Lodgement building consent fee 1,288.00
Commercial additions and alterations
R1 $0 - $5,000 Lodgement PIM fee 153.00
  Lodgement building consent fee 343.00
R2 $5,001 - $20,000 Lodgement PIM fee 153.00
  Lodgement building consent fee 454.00
R3 $20,001 - $100,000 Lodgement PIM fee 312.00
  Lodgement building consent fee 587.00
R4 $100,001 - $200,000 Lodgement PIM fee 312.00
  Lodgement building consent fee 675.00
R5 $200,001 - $500,000 Lodgement PIM fee 312.00
  Lodgement building consent fee 798.00
R6 $500,001 - $1,000,000 Lodgement PIM fee 312.00
  Lodgement building consent fee 1,043.00
R7 Above $1,000,001 Lodgement PIM fee 312.00
  Lodgement building consent fee 1,288.00

In addition to the charges prescribed by the Manawatu District Council, are levies imposed by the Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ) and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). The BRANZ levy of $1.00 per $1,000 and the MBIE levy of $1.75 per $1,000 is applied to all building consents and Certificates of Acceptance that have building work valued at $20,444.00 incl. GST or more.

e.g. work value = $35,000 | BRANZ = $35.00 | MBIE = $70.35

These levies could be subject to change by the relevant authority.

Other Fees

These fees may be applicable to building consents or may be applied as a single charge.

Fee Description Fee ($)
Scanning and Digital fees (for consent applications received in hard copy)
Fast Track 112.00
Residential 185.00
Commercial 226.00
Warrant of fitness and compliance schedules
New Compliance Schedule 133.00
Alteration to existing compliance schedule 79.00
Building Warrant of Fitness site audit/re-inspections 213.00
IQP Registration (initial) Per charge set by PNCC
IQP Renewal (3 yearly) - submit applications to Palmerston North City Council Per charge set by PNCC
BWoF Administration Fee
Complete and on time 118.00
Incomplete and/or late 240.00
External BCA administration fee 123.00
Engineering checking
Structural engineering checking Actual cost
Other fees
Code Compliance Certificate - Residential 150.00
Code Compliance Certificate - Commercial 270.00
Safe and Sanitary (building work prior to 1992) - Third Party Report Approval  260.00
Extension to building consent or code compliance certificate timeframes 92.00
Exempt building work under schedule 1 part1(2) of the Building Act 2004 $100.00 lodgement fee, then charged at the actual cost based on hourly rate per officer
Notification to record exempt building work under Schedule 1 (excludes part 1(2)) of the Building Act 2004) 110.00
Licensed building practitioner registration fee (per building consent) 61.00
Standard building inspection 207.00
Periodic swimming pools monitoring inspection 88.00
Certificate of Acceptance $650 non refundable deposit, then charged at the actual cost based on hourly rate per officer
Application for amendment to building consent actual costs based on hourly rate per officer
Certificate for Public Use $100.00 lodgement fee, then charged at the actual cost based on hourly rate per officer
Waiver and modifications actual costs based on hourly rate per officer
Certificate of Title 25.00
Copy of monthly report of building consents issued 81.00
Earthquake Prone Building fees
Application for extension of time to provide engineering assessment 270.00
Application for extension of time to complete seismic work - Heritage buildings 270.00
Application for exemption from requirement to carry out seismic work 343.00
Charges for Council Staff
Council will charge the following hourly rates for its officers for the processing of consents that do not have a set fee.
Administration Officer 123.00
Building Officer 186.00
Team Leader Building Services MDC, Senior Building Officer and Advanced Building Officer 205.00
Regulatory Manager 258.00
Note: Where the fee per hour is stated, please note this should be read in full as “fee per hour or part thereof”.

Fees determined by Building (Infringement Offences, Fees, and Forms) Regulations 2007

Offence specified as infringement offenceGeneral description of offenceFee ($)
General building offences
Section 40Failing to comply with the requirement that building work must be carried out in accordance with a building consent1,000.00
Section 42Failing to apply for a certificate of acceptance for urgent building work as soon as practicable after completion of building work500.00
Section 85(1)Person who is not licensed building practitioner carrying out restricted building work without supervision of licensed building practitioner with appropriate licence750.00
Section 85(2)(a)Licensed building practitioner carrying out restricted building work without appropriate licence500.00
Section 85(2)(b)Licensed building practitioner supervising restricted building work without appropriate licence500.00
Section 101Failing to comply with the requirement to obtain a compliance schedule250.00
Section 108(5)(a)Failing to display a building warrant of fitness required to be displayed250.00
Section 108(5)(b)Displaying a false or misleading building warrant of fitness1,000.00
Section 108(5)(c)Displaying a building warrant of fitness other than in accordance with section 1081,000.00
Section 116(1)(a)Using, or knowingly permitting the use of, a building for a use for which it is not safe or not sanitary1,500.00
Section 116(1)(b)Using, or knowingly permitting the use of, a building that has inadequate means of escape from fire2,000.00
Section 124Failing to comply with a notice, within the time out stated on the notice, requiring work to be carried out on a dangerous, earthquake-prone, or insanitary building1,000.00
Section 128(2)Using or occupying a building, or permitting another person to do so, contrary to a territorial authority’s hoarding, fence, or notice2,000.00
Section 162 ESupplying a pool product without an approved notice500.00
Section 168(1AA)Failing to comply with a notice to fix in relation to a means of restricting access to a residential pool500.00
Section 168(1)Failing to comply with any other notice to fix1,000.00
Section 314(1)Person holding himself or herself out as being licensed to do or supervise building work or building inspection work while not being so licenced500.00
Section 362D(4)Failing to provide prescribed disclosure information500.00
 Failing to provide prescribed checklist500.00
Section 362F(4)Failing to have a written contract as prescribed500.00
Section 362T(4)Failing to provide prescribed information or documentation to specified persons500.00
Section 363Using, or permitting use of building having no consent or code compliance certificate, or certificate for public use for premises for public use1,500.00
Section 367Wilfully obstructing, hindering, or resisting a person executing powers conferred under the Act or its regulations500.00
Section 368Wilfully removing or defacing a notice published under the Act or inciting another person to do so500.00
Earthquake Prone Building Offences
Section 133AU(1)Failing to complete seismic work by deadline1,000.00
Section 133AU(2)Failing to comply to attach EPB notice or EPB exemption notice1,000.00
Section 133AU(3)Failing, when EPB notice or EPB exemption notice ceases to be attached or becomes illegible, to notify the territorial authority1,000.00
Section 133AU(5)Using or occupying a building, or permitting another person to do so, contrary to a territorial authority’s hoarding, fence, or notice2,000.00