Council & City

Building Services fees and charges

Here are the fees we charge for Building Services, including consents, warrant of fitness and compliance schedules, and engineering checks.

All fees and charges include GST. Effective 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.

Building Services charges are imposed under the Building Act 2004 to recover the cost to Council for processing applications, carrying out inspections, and related work.

Fixed fees

Demolitions

Code

Work type

Fixed building consent fee (excluding PIM) from July 2021

K1 Residential: Demolition/ removal of existing residential building or outbuilding. A separate consent is required to replace. $739
K2 Commercial: Demolition/ removal of existing residential building or outbuilding. A separate consent is required to replace. $834

Conservatories

N Conservatory (proprietary). Conventional construction placed on existing deck or platform only. No foundations included. $702

Fast-track minor consents

These are available to approved customers only. An "approved customer" must be pre-approved by Palmerston North City Council Building Services. Approved customers are those who submit applications within agreed construction parameters using a refined method, to Council's satisfaction.

F1 Freestanding solid fuel heater $571
F2 Inbuilt solid fuel heater $777
F3 Proprietary garage $1,200

Project information memorandum 

PIM fixed fee work: $129

Processing fees

Private building consent authorities

BCA filing fee: $110

Warrant of fitness and compliance schedules

Annual building warrant and fitness renewal: $100

New compliance schedule: $185

Alteration to existing compliance schedule: $118

Building warrant of fitness site audit and reinspection: $203 per inspection

IQP registration, for new IQPs: $408

IQP annual renewal: $113

Engineering checking

Structural engineering checking: Actual cost as charged by the consultant engineer

Fire engineering checks sent to the New Zealand Fire Service: Actual cost as charged by the Fire Service.

Advisory service

This applies when staff provide information in response to customer queries.

For enquiries received from staff in our customer service centre: No cost for an individual enquiry of up to 30 minutes, whether this is in person or in writing. If the enquiry is for longer than 30 minutes, this will be charged based on the relevant officer's hourly rate. These rates are listed below.

For enquiries received by staff who are not based at our customer service centre: Charged based on the relevant officer's hourly rate. These rates are listed below.

Pre-lodgement vetting

This applies when staff vet information before an application is lodged: Charged based on the relevant officer's hourly rate. These rates are listed below.

Other fees

Residential code of compliance certificate: $159

Commercial code of compliance certificate: $513

Standard building inspection: $203

Third-party report: $578

Section 72 certificate condition: $708

Section 75 certificate condition: $781

Application to extend building consent or code of compliance certificate time frames: $89

Building consent application, amendment to building consent, certificate of public use, exempt building work, waiver and modification applications: Charged based on the relevant officer's hourly rate, plus any additional applicable fees and charges. Officers' rates are listed below.

Licensed building practitioner registration. This is an additional fee for all restricted building work projects: $146

Certificate of acceptance: $750 non-refundable lodgement fee. Processing charged based on the relevant officer's hourly rate, plus any inspections, planning, checks and other applicable fees and charges. Officers' rates are listed below.

BCA accreditation fee (per $1,000 of project value): $1.59

Scanning fee, digital storage and file management fee for building consent applications, for all applications other than fixed fee applications (refer to note): A0-A2 $3.75 per page. A3-A4 $2.25 per page. Online building consent applications or online lodging of additional information in a format that meets Council requirements does not attract scanning, digital storage and file management charges.

Online consenting service charge

This is a charge to use the online system. It is charged against all applications processed by Council.

Value of work less than $125,000: $86

Value of work more than $125,000 up to $2.5 million: 0.0748%

Value of work more than $2.5 million: $1,868

Levies

Additional to Council charges are levies imposed by the Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ) and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) on all building consents that have a building work value of $20,000 (BRANZ) or $20,444 or more (MBIE). BRANZ levies contribute to the cost of testing and certifying building materials for use while MBIE levies contribute to the cost of building consent administration at the national level. The current levies, which are subject to change, are:

Building (MBIE) levies per $1,000 of project value, over the threshold of $20,444 (GST inclusive): $1.75

BRANZ levies per $1,000 of project value (no GST): $1

Earthquake-prone building charges

These charges are the recover the cost Council has incurred in implementing the legislative requirements under the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016.

Extension of time: $89

Determine earthquake rating: $1,182

Exemption: $362

Alterations to EPB. This is added to building consent fees and charges: $520

Charges for Council staff

These hourly rates for Council officers will be charged for the processing of consent that do not have a set fee.

Team Leader Building: $212

Senior Plumbing and Drainage Officer and Advanced Building Officer: $212

Building Officer: $194

Senior Planning Officer: $207

Planning Officer or Graduate Planning Officer: $194

Monitoring and Enforcement Officer: $174

Principal Environmental Health Officer: $209

Environment Health Officer and Environmental Technical Officer: $187

Senior Business Support Officer: $168

Division Head: $226

General manager: $246 

Technical and professional staff from other parts of Council: $194

Administration or committee administration staff: $120