Building fees

Building consent fees are charged on a per square metre rate basis this gives people more certainty when they are planning building projects.

The published fees capture the staff time required to process an application and applicants do not incur a monetary penalty for failing one inspection. However, if an application receives a second request for information, or should an application fail a second inspection for the same stage of the construction, additional fees will be charged.

The charging of an extra fee for work above that considered in the initial cost allows Council to recoup the true cost of processing the application and ensures that ratepayers are not subsidising development.

Most building consent applications would be subject to a minimum fee of $500 and a maximum fee of $22,000. The exception being construction projects with an estimated construction value greater than $3 million, where a flat rate of 0.8% of the construction value is charged.

Calculating fees

Use the appropriate document to calculate the fees for your project below:

A copy of your calculation needs to accompany your building consent application. This fee will be checked for accuracy by the Duty Vetting Officer when your building consent application arrives at Council.

The Duty Vetting Officer is available for fee inquiries and any inquiries or issues relating to fees; phone (03) 211 1777 or email If you would like to check a fee calculation, email a copy of the completed spreadsheet to the Duty Vetting Officer for comment along with a copy of the floor plan of the building and a brief description of the work to be carried out.