For information on demolition, removals or re-sited buildings see below
If you intend to demolish or remove a building or structure from your site you will require a Building Consent unless it meets the Schedule 1 exemptions. See link to Schedule 1 exemptions.
If you intend to demolish or remove a building or structure from your site you will require a Building Consent unless it meets the Schedule 1 exemptions. If the demolition does not qualify for an exemption, then:
A building must NOT under any circumstances be re-sited (or relocated) onto a property until the following steps are completed. Note that steps 2 and 3 can be undertaken at the same time:
A building inspection report judges whether the building can be relocated and reinstated to a reasonable standard so that it blends into the surrounding area. An application may be declined if the building is deemed to be structurally unsound, dangerous to move, unsatisfactory to upgrade, or unsanitary. BEFORE a building is re-sited, regardless of its origin, a Council Building Officer must first approve it to be fit for relocation (At Hauraki all buildings being relocated into Hauraki must have a report prepared by a building surveyor – to be provided with the building consent application).
To obtain a Building Inspection Report you will need to:
Note: Some of the Councils will require that the building is inspected by their own Officers, so please check before arranging an inspection.
After the inspection has been completed, a written report will be provided to you by the Building Officer. This report will confirm whether or not the building is suitable for relocation and, if so, details of any remedial work to be completed and the amount of the cash bond that Council will hold until all that work is finished. This report is valid for three months from the date of the inspection. If the building has not been moved to the proposed site within this time, it will be required to be re-inspected and further fees will be incurred.
Refer to the Building Consent Process. The existing building will require a new Building Consent for the foundations/footings and sanitary systems in its new location. If you intend to do any alterations to the building once it has been relocated, it may require a Building Consent for this work and you should discuss this with the Building Officer to ensure that your building will comply with the Building Code so a Code Compliance Certificate (CCC) can be issued. A Building Consent application must be submitted with the details listed on the applicant checklist. Refer to:
If you have time constraints around the removal of the building from its existing site then please discuss this with the Council BEFORE tendering or purchasing the building. For specific details concerning Building Consent applications contact Customer Services at your local Council.
Every Council has a District Plan that defines what is allowable or not. For example:
Your Council’s Planning unit will be able to provide you with further information relating to District Plan requirements.
Applying for a Resource Consent
A Resource Consent will be required from Council’s Planning unit for most relocated buildings so please check with a Council planner if you are unsure. The following details must be submitted with the completed Resource Consent application form:
As part of this process, you may need to gain written approval from all affected parties who will be impacted by your proposed activity, usually the owners and occupiers of surrounding properties, including those across the road. If you are unsure if this is needed or who needs to be approached please contact a Council planner. Each affected person will need to sign and date:
If you cannot obtain written approvals from all affected people the application will need to be ‘notified‘. A Council planner can advise you of the requirements and additional costs for this type of application. For specific details of Resource Consent requirements, please contact a planner from your local Council.
A Development Contribution is required when an additional dwelling is added to one Certificate of Title. Development Contributions may also be required in other circumstances such as a re-sited building to be used for commercial purposes. Development Contributions can vary significantly, so ensure you obtain an up-to-date Fees & Charges schedule from your local Council before you make the decision to relocate a building.
A cash bond may be required issued pursuant to Section 108A of the Resource Management Act 1991. The amount of the cash bond will be up to the estimated cost of bringing the building up to standard after it has been re-sited. Examples of upgrading tasks which may be required include exterior painting, re-instating access (steps) and re-roofing. The bond is a performance guarantee in that it is refundable (once the conditions have been met) and it will be released in total when all the remedial work passes inspection by the Building Inspector.
Fees and Charges
Please contact a building officer and/or a planner at your Council for a Schedule of Fees & Charges, or if you require further assistance.