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Building Consent and Report

What is a consent and report?

The Building Interim Regulations 2017 prescribe a number of matters that enable public authorities to have a say about issues connected with building work. Councils are given the power to consent (or refuse it) to certain designs affecting public infrastructure and amenity. They also issue reports on stormwater outlets associated with building work.

The prescribed reporting matters dealt with by Council are:

  1. Building over an easement reg. 310(1)
  2. Setback from a street alignment not complying with reg. 408 reg. 408(3)
  3. Setback from a street alignment not complying with reg. 409 reg. 409(4)
  4. Building height not complying with reg. 410 reg. 410(4)
  5. Site coverage not complying with reg. 411 reg. 411(4)
  6. Impermeable surfaces covering more than 80% of an allotment area reg. 412(2)
  7. Car parking spaces not complying with reg. 413 reg. 413(6)
  8. Side or rear boundary setbacks not complying with reg. 414 reg. 414(6)
  9. Walls or carports not complying with reg. 415 reg. 415(5)
  10. Building setbacks not complying with reg. 416 (daylight to existing habitable room window) reg. 416(6)
  11. Building setbacks not complying with reg. 417 (solar access) reg. 417(6)
  12. Building design not complying with reg. 418 (overshadowing of recreational private open space) reg. 418(3)
  13. Window or raised open space not complying with reg. 419 (overlooking) reg. 419(9)
  14. Building design not complying with reg. 420 (daylight to habitable room window) reg. 420(3)
  15. Private open space not complying with reg. 421 reg. 421(4)
  16. Siting of appurtenant Class 10a buildings not complying with regulation 422(1) reg. 422(2)
  17. Front fence height not complying with reg. 424 reg. 424(3)
  18. Fence setback on side or rear boundary not complying with reg. 425 reg. 425(3)
  19. Length or height of side or rear boundary fence not complying with reg. 426 reg. 426(5)
  20. A fence within 9m of an intersection of street alignments and exceeding height of 1m above footpath reg. 427(1)
  21. Fence setback not complying with reg. 428 (daylight to existing habitable room window) reg. 428(6)
  22. Fence setback not complying with reg. 429 (solar access) reg. 429(5)
  23. Fence design not complying with reg. 430 (overshadowing of recreational private open space) reg. 430(3)
  24. Mast, pole, aerial, antenna, chimney flue pipe or other service pipe that exceeds certain height limits reg. 431
  25. Projections beyond street alignment reg. 513(1), 513(2) 26
  26. Buildings above or below certain public facilities reg. 515(2)
  27. Precautions over a street reg. 604(4)
  28. Point of discharge of storm water reg. 610(2)
  29. Installation or alteration of a septic tank system, or construction of a building over an existing septic tank system reg. 801(1)
  30. Construction of buildings on land liable to flooding reg. 802(3)
  31. Building on designated land or works reg. 806(1)

How do I deal with all this?

As you can see, there are a lot of issues to be considered with assessment of a building permit application. The number increased dramatically with the adoption of ResCode measures into Part 4 of the Regulations.  For most designs however there will be few, if any, issues that will actually require consent and report. Building surveyors, architects and other specialists who use these provisions regularly should be able to advise if your ideas or designs require consent and report.

Report and Consent Applicaton Form