Building Consent fees and charges are individually set by each Council in the Waikato Building Consent Group. Further information on fees and charges is available through the links below, or by contacting the Building Unit of your local Council.
- Hamilton City Council
- Hauraki District Council
- Matamata Piako District Council
- Otorohanga District Council
- Thames-Coromandel District Council
- Waikato District Council
- Waipa District Council
- Waitomo District Council
Building Consent fees are set at a level intended to cover the actual or likely costs incurred by Council in determining compliance with the Building Act 2004 and the New Zealand Building Code. Fees are reviewed annually and adjusted to reflect the likely costs. Building Consent fees are intended to cover the administration, technical processing and inspections costs associated with each Building Consent application. Additional costs may also arise as a result of the application requiring a peer review by specialist consultants or a specialist from the New Zealand Fire Service.
Fees and Charges break down
The building consent fees are made up of the following:
- BCA fees and charges:
- Administration fees: photocopying, microfilming or scanning
- Certificate of Title (if one has not been provided by the applicant)
- Processing fees (time-based)
- Inspection fees (type, number and time based)
- Code Compliance Certificate fees
- Compliance Schedule fees
- BCA accreditation fees
- Insurance Costs
- See Building Act 2004 sections: 45(1)(d), 53, 240, 219, and 281A for legislation on charging of fees.
- BRANZ Levy – $1.00 per $1,000 of the project value for buildings $20,000 and over. BRANZ imposed a levy on the industry to fund relevant research for better building practices (see Building Research Levy Act 1969)
- Building Systems Performance (MBIE) is the regulator that creates all building law. They charge a levy of $2.01 (inclusive of GST at 15%) per $1,000 (or part thereof) of the estimated value of the building work. However, the Building Levy Order exempts building work of less than $20,444 ($20,000 adjusted for the increase in GST to 15%) in value. (See Building Levy B. Act 2004 – S53)
Fees for other council services are also collected with the building consent fee. These include:
- Infrastructure related fees (if applicable):
- Crossing/roading charges
- Connections / disconnections to services
- Backflow inspections or CCTV surveys of waste or stormwater pipes
- Planning Department fees:
- Development Contributions
- Planning bond
- Resource Consent fee
A full list of fees payable is available on the Building Consent Application Form, and fees applicable to your project will be itemised on the Building Consent.
Payment of Fees
- Standard fees (or fixed fees) for processing Building Consent applications are project-based and are payable at the time of application. Project-based fees make it easier for you to ascertain your full fees payable for a certain category of building, such as a single level dwelling (the same fee is applicable regardless of size).
- Inspection fees, and Building Industry levies are payable at the end of Building Consent processing. The owner/agent will be invoiced and any outstanding fees must be paid prior to the
- Building Consent being granted and issued.
- Development contributions must be paid prior to, or at the time of application for the Code Compliance Certificate.
- For non-standard projects and further information regarding Building Consent fees please contact the Building Unit of your local Council.
- Additional costs: costs which are in excess of standard fees are charged on the basis of recorded time spent on the application.
What Causes Additional Costs?
It is possible to have a wide variation in costs and this is very difficult to predetermine. Actual costs will be invoiced. Variables that affect inspection costs include:
- The application is non-compliant and the BCA spends more time requesting and assessing further information.
- Changes being made to the project during the processing period.
- How the job is organised. For example, building work on steep slopes might require two or more foundation inspections.
- Staged jobs may require a separate range of inspections for each stage. Jobs that progress very slowly without good communication with the Building Officers can create additional inspections because of the need to check progress.
- Complexity and/or the materials used. Complexity can add to the time on-site and the number of inspections. For example, coated face claddings can typically increase the number of inspections needed.
- Simple buildings such as sheds or garages that are lined or have plumbing and firewalls. This adds to inspection work.
- Builder competency. Some builders need more advice and direction than others and this may result in more time being spent on-site, adding to costs.
- Re-inspection. Not being ready for a pre-booked inspection or failing an inspection will mean that the work needs to be re-inspected.
- The number of amendments. Amendments add costs as they each have to be formally lodged, checked and approved and may also require additional inspections to be completed.
Withdrawing your building consent
You may withdraw your Building Consent application at any time BEFORE the building consent is granted and issued. After this date, it cannot be canceled but will lapse (exceed the use by date) if no work is carried out by the year one anniversary since the consent was issued.
If an application is withdrawn, and there are fees outstanding for the work which the council has already done, an invoice will be sent to the applicant or agent, depending on who the nominated debtor is. Likewise, you may be eligible for a partial refund of fees paid.