Rates, Building & Property

Deemed permitted boundary activities

Find out about what permissions you need when you're planning a new build, garage, housing extension or other building activity that doesn't comply with the boundary rules in the District Plan.

The Palmerston North District Plan has rules about how close to and how high in relation to neighbouring boundaries you can build. A deemed permitted boundary activity is when your proposed building activity breaches these rules, but complies with others. You also need written approval from all the owners of the property or properties where you share an infringed boundary. 

In these circumstances you may be eligible to apply for a deemed permitted boundary activity. This application replaces the need to apply for a resource consent. 

In some circumstances you may need to apply for an instant resource consent instead.

Find out which permission you need for your plans

It's a good idea to speak to one of our duty planning officers before you apply. They can give you more information about deemed permitted boundary activities and resource consents and which one is right for your project, and help you with your application. You can contact our duty planners on 06 356 8199 or visit our Customer Service Centre on the Square between 10.30am and 3pm during the week. It’s always good to bring as much information as you can about the site you’re talking about, and details about what you are proposing to do.

Apply for a deemed permitted boundary activity

Complete and return the application form and the written approval form along with all signed site plans, drawings and designs.

Your application must include the following:

  • a description of the activity
  • site plans, drawings and designs for your proposed activity or project, signed by your neighbours
  • the full name and address of every owner of the site
  • the full name and address of every owner of a site with an infringed boundary

What happens next

We will process your application in 10 working days.

The deemed permitted boundary activities process is very straightforward. If you've provided the correct information, we'll approve your application and issue the deemed permitted boundary activity notice.

If you haven't, we'll advise you what information is missing and you'll need to lodge your application again.