What is a Building Consent?
A building consent is formal approval for proposed building work, certifying that the project, as documented, complies with the New Zealand Building Code, Building Act and building regulations.
No building work requiring a building consent can start until one has been issued (it cannot be issued retrospectively) and other requirements such as resource consent conditions have been met.
Building consents do not give any form of planning approval under the Council's District Plan. It is your responsibility to find out whether your proposal complies with the District Plan by contacting Council or consulting your own planning advisor.
If it does not comply with the District Plan you will need a Resource Consent. You are strongly advised to obtain this before seeking a building consent, to avoid expensive changes to your proposal.
GNS Science recently released a report reassessing the regions susceptibility to earthquake-induced liquefaction. Based on this the draft building consent application guidelines have been updated. The guidelines are available in the related documents below. The updated GNSmaps are available through the Hawke's Bay Emergency Management Group website.