Waimakariri District Council
16 of 16 Commercial Building Consent and/or PIM Application
All the relevant information on this form is required to be provided under the Building Act 2004 and/or Resource Management Act 1991
for the Waimakariri District Council to assess your application. Under these Acts this information has to be made available to members
of the public if requested. The information contained in this application may be made available to other units of the Council. You have
the right to access the personal information held about you by the Council which can be readily retrieved. You can also request that the
Council correct any personal information it holds about you.
(a) Project Information Memorandum (PIM):
A PIM will be issued within 20 working days provided all the required information is supplied with the application.
Processing time is stopped whenever further information is required and starts again when the correct information is received.
It is not mandatory to apply for a PIM. Applicants can choose not to apply for a PIM when they consider that the information would
not be relevant for their building project.
A fee is required to accompany your PIM application (as per Council’s fees and Charges Schedule).
(b) Compliance Check:
Where a PIM is not sought, a Compliance Check will be undertaken to ensure your proposal complies with the District Plan.
(c) Building Consent (BC):
A Building Consent will be processed within a maximum allowable time of 20 working days provided all the information
required has been supplied. Processing time is stopped whenever further information is required and starts again when the
information is received.
Once the Building Consent has been granted, you will receive notification, which will include an invoice for the fees payable.
the fees are paid in full, your Building Consent will be issued. Work must not start until the Building Consent is issued, and any
Resource Consent requirements have been resolved.
A Building Consent lapses and is of no effect if the building work to which it relates does not commence within 12 months after the
date of issue of the Building Consent or any further period that the Building Consent Authority may allow.
(d) Combined Project Information Memorandum & Building Consent Applications:
Applications for a combined PIM/BC will only be accepted when sufficient information is provided to permit the Building Consent to
If insufficient information is provided, then further information will be requested, or your application may be returned to you.
(e) If the applicant does not own the land, they must provide written approval from the owner to submit this application.
Under the Building Act 2004 s53, s55 s402 Council are authorised to collect levies for the MBIE (Building Levy Order 2005) and BRANZ
(Building Research Levy Act 1969). Levies are only payable on building works where the construction value exceeds a prescribed amount.
Building Act 2004 – http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2004/0072/latest/whole.html
Building Levy Order 2005 – http://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2005/0033/latest/whole.html#DLM313989
Building Research Levy Act 1969 - http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1969/0023/latest/whole.html
During the process of construction, inspections will be necessary to conrm all work complies with your approved Building Consent
documentation. Please phone the Council Building Unit on 03 311 8906 at least 48 hours in advance of requiring an inspection to ensure
that this can be arranged.
The inspections required will be set out in the Building Consent documentation issued by the Council. Failure to have a prescribed
inspection carried out may put the issue of the Code Compliance Certicate at risk.
All inspections including re-inspections are subjected to a separate charge, even if carried out on the same day.
Your application will be assessed by the Planning Unit of the Council to determine whether your project complies with the relevant District
If your application does not comply with District Plan requirements you will need to either amend your proposal to comply or apply for a
Resource Consent. A Certicate will be attached to your Project Information Memorandum to notify that a Resource Consent is required
prior to building work commencing. It is recommended that you phone the Planning Unit on 0800 965 468 to discuss the process.
CODE COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATE
A Building Consent is not completed until it has been issued with a Code Compliance Certicate. The owner is required to complete a
separate application for a Code Compliance Certicate as soon as practicable after the building work is completed. In any event no later
than two (2) years after the granting of the Building Consent, Council is required to decide whether or not a Code Compliance Certicate
can be issued. If your project will not be completed within two years you will need to apply for a time extension*.
The owner may authorise an agent to submit an application on their behalf.
The Agent will be the rst point of contact for all communications with the Council/Building Consent Authority regarding this application
under Sections 33 and 45 and if authorised, the application for a Code Compliance Certicate under Section 92 of the Building Act 2004.
They will receive all correspondence and must be authorised by the Owner - see page 8. All amendments require new authorisation.
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