How to get a building consent

​​​Often building work will require approval by Waipa District Council through a building consent. This provides confirmation that the proposed building, plumbing, drainage and safety requirements comply with the building code and Building Act 2004.

Not sure whether you require a building consent? Check out​ the Build Waikato - Exempt Building Work​ webpage. Or give us a call on 0800WAIPADC (0800 924 723) and speak with one of our building control staff.

We're going online!

In February 2019, Waipa District Council is moving to a new online building consent system. This will make your building process even easier, with no piles of hard copy paperwork required. Here’s what you need to know…

How will it work?

We'll be using an online system called AlphaOne from a New Zealand-based company that already supplies several other councils. It means you can:

  • apply for a building consent anywhere, anytime
  • track your consent progress online
  • submit further information online
  • receive all correspondence digitally – meaning faster and simpler processes! 

When is this happening?

You can submit your building consents online from 18 February 2019.​​

How do I submit a building consent online?

Once we’re live, we’ll have a link here to Waipā’s own online portal, where you can login, lodge and monitor your consents. 

It’s simple to use and we’ll provide you with step-by-step instructions. However if you get stuck, our project team will be available to help you over the phone or in the office by appointment.  

Will I still be able to submit in hard copy?

No, from 18 February 2019 all building consents will be done online. We’ll be providing a step-by-step guide to use our new system. However if you’re having trouble, or don’t have access to a computer or internet, give our team a call and we’ll help you out. Call 0800WAIPADC (0800 924 723).

But I've already submitted mine in hard copy!

If you submitted your building consent in hard copy prior to 18 February 2019, you won't need to resubmit this online. Existing hard copy building consents will be treated as they have been previously until code of compliance is issued for those projects. We're prepared for a few 'legacy' consent processes as we transition to the new online system.

Will this change the way I pay for my consent?

From 18 February 2019, invoicing for residential projects will be issued as your consent is accepted for processing in the online system. This gives you the chance to pay the consent fees throughout the processing stage and allow Council to issue our consent to you as soon as it is approved, avoiding any delays.

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Page reviewed: 10 Dec 2018 12:56pm