You can apply for building consent three ways:

Apply online with Simpli

Apply online with Simpli

You can apply for a building consent online using the Simpli portal. The online service will make the process simpler and more convenient.  

The application forms and process for applying for a staged or multi-proof consent, an amendment to consent or a project information memorandum are the same.   

We are here to help. If you have questions on your project you can contact the Planning or Building Duty Officer, Monday to Friday 1.00 PM to 4.30 PM either in person at the Council Service Centre or by phone (04) 527 2169. 

Simpli improves the customer experience, providing transparency around our processes, improved issuing times, better communication and standardising our practice with other councils. 

Apply online via Simpli 

Apply via email

Apply via email

Email your application and/or a web link with your documents to

Building consent applications submitted via email will need to be in PDF format. A single PDF should be supplied containing the relevant documentation for each of the applicable subheadings listed below: 

 Single PDF  Documentation required
(PDF 1)
  • Application
  • Proof of ownership (i.e. Record of Title under 3 months)
  • Letter accompanying applications
  • LBP Memorandum
  • Statutory declaration as to owner builder
Plans and Drawings
(PDF 2)
  •  Architectural plans
  • Truss and frame design
  • Services plans and wastewater systems
  • Mechanical and electrical plans
(PDF 3)
  • Architectural specifications
  • Appraisals / CodeMark™ Certificates
  • Specified / proprietary product info and certificates
  • H1 Energy efficiency calculations
  • Bracing Schedules
  • Alternative Solution Justification
  • External moisture risk matrix
  • Weather-tightness Reports / QA documents
  • Lift Documentation
  • Change of use Report/s
  • Accessibility reports
Structural documents
(PDF 4)
  • Structural Engineer Producer statements
  • Design features reports
  • Structural calculations
  • Initial Seismic Assessment (ISA)
  • Detailed Seismic Assessment (DSA)
  • Geotechnical Reports
Specifications fire
(PDF 5)
  • Fire report
  • Fire Engineer Producer statements
  • Fire Engineer calculations
  • Fire Engineer specification/s
  • Fire and emergency New Zealand (FENZ) documents
  • Other documents to support the Fire safety design aspect of the proposed work


Apply in hard copy

Apply in hard copy

Your completed hard copy application can be forwarded to us in the following ways: 

  • bring it to the Council Service Centre.
  • by post (or courier) to Upper Hutt City Council, Private Bag 907, Upper Hutt 5140

Guidance is available to assist you with your application. Please refer to the Guide to completing the application form and Guidance on supporting documentation. 

Applications are checked for completeness and fee payments are required before applications are accepted.