Building Consents

Planning to build or renovate your home or business? This section of our website provides a general guide to the Building Consent process.

Horowhenua District Council's Building Consent Authority has been accredited by IANZ and is registered with the Ministry of Business, Employment and Innovation to ensure that certain minimum standards of health and safety are met in all building construction works.

Simpli - Simpler, Faster Building Consents

We're one of more than 20 Councils around the country that are working together to bring consistency to the building consent process, through Simpli (previously known as GoShift). Simpli is a partnership between Central Government (Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment) and Local Government (local councils) to improve performance, consistency and service delivery across the building consent system.

As of 30 April 2018, customers can apply for consents through the Simpli online portal.

Since October 2017 we have been transitioning a number of our current building consent application forms to a consistent version of application forms that have been developed as part of the Simpli initiative. Applications made on the old forms are no longer accepted. More information can be viewed on our Building Consent Process page.