Rates, Building and Property

Relocating a house

If you’re planning to relocate a house in Palmerston North, or to move a house on the same section, you’ll need to get the Council consents sorted first.

Before you relocate a house, you need to obtain a resource consent and a building consent.

The house must be reinstated to a reasonable standard of external appearance and structural soundness, in line with District Plan requirements.

The new location will need to comply with the bulk and location requirements of that zone: 

What do I have to do for a relocated house resource consent?

A resource consent for a relocated house is treated in the same manner as a resource consent application. You will need to provide the following:

  • Site plan at 1:100 scale showing the location of the house
  • Elevation plans showing the house and floor plan
  • Photographs of the house to be relocated
  • A Building Officer's report detailing how structurally sound the building is and what upgrade work is needed. If the house is coming from outside Palmerston North, you need to arrange for a Building Officer's report, where normally a building inspector from the local Council can provide the necessary information. Check with the Council where the house is coming from. If a house is being shifted within Palmerston North, a Building Officer from the Palmerston North City Council will inspect the house as part of the resource consent application
  • Details of the removal of any trees which will be necessary to get the house off its existing site
  • Cash bond assessed at time of application

You will need to pay a cash bond before the house is moved to its new site. Council will inform you of the bond amount as a condition on the resource consent. The bond amount is assessed by a Building Officer to cover the cost of reinstatement work and will vary depending on the state of the house. For example, a condition may be imposed on the resource consent requiring you paint the exterior, or make good all exterior cladding, joinery, roofing and spouting.

If there will be multiple houses on the site or if there is a proposed subdivision, you may need to pay a Development Contribution.

For more information, contact Council planning staff.