To apply for a consent for building work in Otago, Southland, or the West Coast, you must complete an application form. The same form is used for all three regions.
Download a Building Consent application form
Your application must be accompanied by a deposit toward the cost of processing. This cost usually exceeds the deposit, and you will be charged for all costs that exceed the deposit.
All cheques should be made out to Otago Regional Council, even for building work in Southland and on the West Coast.
Project Information Memorandum
If you've already applied for and received a Project Information Memorandum (PIM) from us, Environment Southland, or the West Coast Regional Council, and one from your district or city council, these should be attached to the application. Even though obtaining the two PIMs is voluntary, it's recommended you do so, review the information provided with them, and consider this information as part of your design.
Information that must be included with your application
The application must be signed by the owner or the owner's appointed agent and be accompanied by the following information:
- Schedule of documents with the following information specified: document title, document date, document version number, and originator.
- Two hard copies of a design report stating data obtained and employed, design/checking methods and assumptions made including:
Potential Impact Classification (PIC)
b. Loading parameters
c. Flood and freeboard considerations
d. Seismic considerations
e. Geotechnical considerations
f. Stability or structural considerations
g. Reservoir hazard considerations
h. Flow control considerations
i. Appurtenant structures
k. Evidence of compliance with each relevant clause of the building code (Building Regulations 1992).
- Two hard copies of specification for construction
- Two hard copies of construction inspection schedule
- Two hard copies of drawings to construction standard including:
location and site plan
b. general arrangement
c. foundations plan (including abutments)
d. typical cross-sections
e. long-section on dam centreline.
- Project Information Memorandum (issued by the territorial authority)
- Project Information Memorandum (issued by the regional authority)
- Development contribution notice
- Resource consent notice
- Certificate attached to Project Information Memorandum
Information in electronic form, such as on a CD or attached as a PDF to an email, will not be accepted. In accordance with Section 4(2) of the Building Act 2004, the plans (drawings) and specifications must be sufficient to result in building work that (if built to those plans and specifications) complies with the building code.
Applications that contain any drawings or specifications that do not meet this standard will not be accepted for processing.
Acceptance of professional opinions (producer statements)
A producer statement is a professional opinion based on sound judgment and specialist expertise. Producer statements may be used as part of the documentation to support the design detailed in your application, but please note that ORC will only accept a producer statement if it is signed by a Chartered Professional Engineer in a relevant area of competency. The producer statement must be submitted using the latest version of the relevant form published by IPENZ (PS1 for a design report or PS2 for a design review). It must clearly describe the scope of the matters considered by the author, including a description of the specific components of the building work and the depth of the design review undertaken.
A specified system is a system or feature that is attached to or part of the dam structure and that is essential to the proper functioning of the dam or to its safety. Examples include sprinklers, fire alarms, lifts and mechanical ventilation systems. In some situations dam safety monitoring and warning systems could qualify as a specified system. Specified systems require ongoing inspection and maintenance to ensure they function as required.
Specified systems are listed in Schedule 1 of the Building (Specified Systems, Change the Use, and Earthquake-prone Buildings) Regulations 2005. If your proposed building work includes installation of a specified system, you will need to provide the following information as part of your application:
- details of the design features of the specified systems
- the proposed procedures for inspection, maintenance and reporting
- the performance standard each system is supposed to meet for the life of the building.
This information will be used to compile a compliance schedule that will be issued with the building consent, setting out the ongoing requirements to ensure the system is appropriately maintained. It is ORC’s policy that the compliance schedule shall comply with the latest version of the Compliance Schedule Handbook published by MBIE. This handbook and further information on specified systems and compliance schedules are available on the MBIE website.
Send the completed form and supporting information and payment for the deposit to:
Otago Regional Council
Private Bag 1954
Or deliver it in person to:
Otago Regional Council
70 Stafford Street
Otago Regional Council
William Fraser Building
Cnr North Rd and Price St
West Coast Regional Council
388 Main South Rd