Building - Fees & Charges


Horowhenua District Council's Building fees and charges for the 2020/2021 financial year are available below. These fees and charges were adopted by Council at the 6 May 2020 meeting.   

All fees are stated as GST inclusive and are effective from 1 July 2020. Council reserves the right to review any fees and charges at any time. Please check with Council for any updates.

If your building project involves time-based consenting, the cost involved will depend on a number of different factors. If you can provide us with some information about what you are intending to build, we may be able to provide you with an estimated cost. Please email your details, including a detailed description of your proposed project, to 

Special Notes

  1. The Council is obliged under the Building Act to collect levies payable to BRANZ and Central Government.  

  2. Additional to these fees are any bonds that may be applicable, any structural engineering checking, vehicle crossing inspection, and any legal or consultancy cost that may be incurred by the Council during the processing of the applications.

  3. Building consent fees are split into those activities for which a set fee will apply (Section A below) and those for which a time based fee will apply (Section B below).

  4. Fixed Fee Consents: If the value of the work is $20,000.00 or more, BRANZ and MBIE levies apply.

  5. All building consent applications, except fixed fee applications, are subject to a Digital Capture/or Simpli portal fee and an Accreditation Levy.

  6. Inspection discounts may be available for multi-unit consents where multiple inspections of the same type are carried out at the same time. Please note, however that this discount will only apply if all of the inspections pass.

Section A: Fixed Fee Building Consent Fees Payable at Lodgement      
Work Type: Building Consent Fee 2020/21 Fees
Freestanding Fire (Inspection Required)
Inbuilt Fire (2 x Inspections Required)
New Pool Fencing
Minor Residential Plumbing and Drainage Work (value of work under $5,000)  $330.00
Residential Carport, Shed (under 15m2), Pergola or Conservatory  $895.00
Proprietary Garage and minor farm implement sheds (with no plumbing and drainage or firewall) $1,195.00
Section B: Time-Based Building Consent Fees 2020/21 Fees
Building Consent Fees (per hour)  $155.00
Non-refundable deposit lodgement fee $800.00

The following Consent Application types are charged on a time base for processing and inspection purposes:

  • New Residential Dwellings
  • New Commercial Buildings
  • Residential Additions and Alterations
  • Commercial Additions and Alterations
  • Sleepouts
  • Repiling
  • Relocatable Dwellings and Yard Builds
  • All Plumbing and Drainage Work
  • Dairy Sheds
  • Wet Floor Showers
  • Any other work not specifically stated.

An indicative cost will be given at the time of lodgement of the Consent. An invoice for anticipated costs will be issued which must be paid prior to the issuance of the Building Consent. At completion of works overpayments will be refunded, or additional costs invoiced which must be paid before a Code Compliance Certificate will be issued.

Invoice costs will also include fee for PIMs, Statutory Levies payable to BRANZ and the Department of Building and Housing, and any deposits/bonds required. 
Other Fees
(These fees may be applicable to building consents or may be applied as a single charge).
2020/21 Fees
Certificate of Title Search Fee $50.00
New Compliance Schedule (Specified Systems BA04)   $155 + $40.00 per specified system. Charge includes Compliance Schedule statement.
Alteration to Existing Compliance Schedule   Time-based hourly rate
Building Warrant of Fitness Audit/Inspection (S111 of BA04)  Time-based hourly rate
Producer Statement Acceptance  $65.00
Time-based Consent Lodgement Fee (non-refundable)  $800.00
Code Compliance Certificate (additional to any other charge)  $80.00
On Works cost, eg Fire Service Design Review Unit, Structural Engineer  Cost plus 20%
Internal technical / professional referrals eg Development Engineer, Environmental Health Officer  Time-based hourly rate (or part thereof)
Section 72 Certificate Condition (Planning)  $275.00
Section 75 Certificate Condition (Planning)  $225.00
Certificate of Acceptance (Plus Applicable Consent Fee)  $600.00
Application fee plus time based hourly rate assessment fee plus inspection costs, plus statutory levies plus Digital Capture and Accreditation levies.
PIM or Planning Check Time-based hourly rate
Simpli Submission Fee (applies to all applications submitted through the Simpli portal, excluding fixed fee applications)  $45.00
Digital Capture Levy (for applications submitted in hard copy) $200.00
Accreditation Levy   $25.00
Printed copies of consent documentation   $1.00 per page
Amended Documentation Fee (Time Related)   Time-based hourly rate
Building Act Exempt Work Assessment (Domestic)   $155.00 application fee plus time based on hourly rate plus levies
Building Act Exempt Work Assessment (Commercial) $155.00 application fee plus time based on hourly rate plus levies
Certificate for Public Use   $560.00
Inspection of building work (per inspection) - applies to Time-Based Consents  $155.00
Vehicle Crossing Deposit (if no indemnity form signed)   
- Urban (as defined in District Plan)  $2,000.00
- Rural (as defined in District Plan)  $1,500.00
Statutory Levies In Addition To Any Fees in this Table    
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Levy $1.75 (including GST) per $1,000 of building work for which there is a building consent valued at $20,444 (including GST) or more
BRANZ Levy $1.00 per $1,000.00 of building work for which there is a building consent valued at $20,000.00 or more
Other Fees and Charges   
Amusement Permit   
Fencing Inspection Fee $155.00
Building Warrant of Fitness Renewal  $80.00
Building Warrant of Fitness Audit Fee  Time-based hourly rate