Building consents and information

Waipa is a highly progressive and fast developing part of the Waikato Region, with many expanding rural, urban, commercial and environmental building projects happening at all times.

Thinking of building?

For guidelines about building, check out these brochures:

Not sure which zone you're in? Give us a call on 0800 924 723 and one of our customer service staff will be happy to assist you.

Thinking of re-siting or relocating a building?

Read through our info pack​ to learn more about the process and what you need to do.

Waikato Building Consent Group

The Waikato Building Consent Group is made up of seven councils working together to coordinate a consistent building consent process and they control the building laws, standards, quality control and building consents in the Waikato region.

The members of the group are Waipa, Otorohanga, Matamata-Piako, Waitomo, Hauraki, and Waikato District Councils as well as Hamilton City Council.

The group has developed a website where you can find relevant and useful information about building consents in the Waikato region. So whether you’re from the building industry or doing it yourself, the site is for anyone involved in a building project, large or small.

Visit the website at

How to get a building consent

All building work requires approval by Waipa District Council through a building consent. A building consent is confirmation that the proposed building, plumbing, drainage and safety requirements comply with the building code and Building Act 2004.

To apply for a consent or find out further information about the process visit the Build Waikato website.


If your work requires a building consent then it will need to be inspected for compliance. This applies to building a new home, commercial building, renovations, additions, alterations or demolition.  The required inspections for your project will be listed in the conditions of your approved building consent.

To book an inspection ring the building control unit or visit the Build Waikato website for further details on preparing for an inspection.

Building Warrant of Fitness (BWOF) and compliance schedules

Information on a Building Warrant of Fitness (BWoF) Statements, Compliance Schedules, and forms are available on the Build Waikato website or ask our friendly customer support team if you can talk with someone from Building Control contact one of our Building Control team through our call centre.

Building guide

Building have compiled a building guide that provides useful information if you are looking to build a home. 

 Building guide

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