Building services fees and charges

The fees and charges below apply to building services.

All fees are stated as GST inclusive and are effective from 1 July 2022. Council reserves the right to review any fees and charges at any time. Please check with us for any updates.

Where the actual fees incurred by Council are higher than the fees shown, actual costs will be charged.

If a fee or charge for a Council service is not specifically listed below the charge or fee will be the total of the actual cost of materials, officer time incurred to provide the service, and GST.

Base fee 
The base fee is calculated on the estimated building costs (labour and materials)  
  •  $0.00 - $5,000 of estimated building costs
  •  $5,001 - $15,000 of estimated building costs
4.63% plus $13.73
  •  $15,001 - $200,000 of estimated building costs
0.462% plus $645.26
  • $200,001 and greater of estimated building costs
0.1533% plus $1,412.55
Exceptions to the base fee are amendments, fire units and alternative solutions  
a.  Amendments (includes one hour processing and the audit fee)  additional time charged at cost recovery rates $230.45

b.  Fire units

      i.  Freestanding - one inspection

     ii.  In-built - two inspections





Note: Fire unit fees cover; one hour processing, the audit fee, the inspections listed above and certification
c.  Alternative solutions and bespoke design   charged at cost recovery rates
External review of specific design reports, fire reports, alternative solutions, and advice from NZ Fire Service Commission  at cost

Note: In most cases fire reports are sent to our consultant reviewer and costs recovered. In the event that fire reports are reviewed in house, the time spent will be charged at cost recovery rates as an additional building consent fee that will be charged once the work has been completed.

Activity fee (where applicable)
Audit fee applies to all applications
Online portal application fee/hardcopy scanning fee (applies to all applications)   $55.00
Completeness check fee applies to all applications for consents and certificates (includes half hour administration fee) additional time charged at cost recovery rates   $60.00
Application scanning and data entry fees   at cost
Certification fee applies to all applications for building work   $147.00
Site inspection fees per inspection $200.00
 Commercial inspection charge (additional to final inspection when specified systems are included in scope of works) per hour  $200.00
Review of old consent files for certification decisions (includes 1 hour of processing) additional time charged at cost recovery rates $200.00

Note: Depending on the type of building project the number of inspections will vary. The estimated number of inspections is charged at the application stage, additional fees will be recovered if extra inspections are required.

Levy fee applies only to consents $20,000 or more in value
BRANZ levy (this levy is not subject to GST)
0.1% value of work
Building levy [applies to consents $20,444 (including GST) or more in value] $1.75 per $1,000.00 or part thereof
District Plan/Resource Consent Check (30 minutes)   $100.00 
Project Information Memorandum (PIM)
Under $100,000 value of work
$100,000 - $300,000 value of work $360.00
$300,001 and greater value of work $460.00
Fees for other applications
Certificate of Acceptance application  plus base fees $399.00
Certificate of Public Use application $357.00
National multiple-use application $600.00
Schedule 1 Territorial Authority discretionary exemption - (includes 4 hours of processing)  additional time charged at cost recovery rates $585.00
Owner supplied information - (includes 1 hour of processing) additional time charged at cost recovery rates $175.00
 Receipt and filing of records from another authority   $52.50
Building Warrant of Fitness
Building Warrant of Fitness Renewal
 Building Warrant of Fitness additional charges (second and subsequent reminder letters, time related to notice to fix)          additional time charged at cost recovery rates $175.00
Inspection of building warrant of fitness (Audits) additional time charged at cost recovery rates $175.00
Amendment to a compliance schedule additional time charged at cost recovery rates $199.50
 New Compliance Schedule  additional time charged at cost recovery rates $199.50
 Earthquake prone building report/status review, per hour   $175.00
Swimming pools
Pool safety audit inspection
 Pool reinspection (30 minutes)   $87.50 
 Technical Officer   per hour  $175.00 
 Administration Officer    per hour  $120.00 
Perusal fee
Building packet research and/or related tasks, on behalf of others
charged at cost recovery rates
Building consent list
List of building consent applications for the year to date per year $70.00
Cost recovery rates
Internal technical officer/expert (e.g. Building Officer/Engineer) per hour $200.00

Administration officer per hour $120.00