There are a number of things an applicant needs to consider while putting together an application to relocate a building from one site to another. On this page you can find information that will help you find out whether you need a resource consent and, if so, what information you need to provide.
If you are planning to move a building to a new site, you will need a Building Consent and in some cases a Resource Consent. For more information about the process of relocating a building see the Relocated Building Information Guide in the 'related documents' section.
Prior to taking ownership of a second hand house that you intend to move to another site, Council recommends you engage a suitable qualified person (i.e. A Member of the NZ Institute of Building Surveyors or a Licensed Building Practitioner - carpenter or design category).
They will provide a comprehensive and detailed report on the building’s condition. This must cover the structural condition of the building at the time of removal from the site, its weathertight status, any new building work proposed, and reinstatement or remedial work required. Council has a Relocated Building Report template that applicants should use, available in the 'related documents' section at the bottom of this page.
This report will be required by Council at Building Consent application time. Once you have decided to go ahead with the project, Council recommends you engage a designer to draw up the appropriate plans and specifications.
Note: The relocated building is not to be placed onto the proposed destination site until the required consents have been approved and the balance of any fees paid.
In some locations or zones relocating a building does not require Resource Consent provided that certain District Plan standards are met. However there are a number of zones where a Resource Consent is required to relocate a building.
Council’s guide on relocated buildings provides information on whether you will need a Resource Consent to relocate your house. The guide is available in the 'related documents' section at the bottom of this page. Alternatively a Council planner can advise whether a Resource Consent will be needed to relocate your house; phone Council on +64 6 871 5000 to talk to a planner.
A Resource Consent is a separate process from the Building Consent and without it you will not be able to relocate your house.
If a Resource Consent is required, there are a number of matters to be considered:
In some instances, Council will require the payment of a bond to cover the cost of upgrading the building should the applicant default (i.e. if the applicant moves the building but fails to restore it). A bond is essentially a promise to do certain work or to pay a sum of money if the work is not carried out.
Two forms of bond are currently used for relocated buildings. The first is a cash bond, which means Council holds a sum of money deposited by the applicant. The second is a bank bond, which is a legal agreement between the applicant, the applicant's bank and Council.
In either case, this means that if the work required by Council to bring the building to an acceptable standard is satisfactorily completed within a certain time the cash bond is refunded or the bank bond is cancelled. If the work is not completed within the timeframe, Council may use the bonded sum to complete the work.
Please note that both types of bond require legal documents and may take some time to organise. You should allow for this when planning your project.
The value of the bond is based on a conservative estimate of the cost of restoring the exterior of the building, plus 50 per cent. The applicant should submit the cost estimate for both labour and materials to Council as part of the application.
To enable Council to process an application to relocate a dwelling within Hastings district we require the following information at the time of lodging applications for both building and resource consents:
In the case of a septic tank include:
In the case of an on-site water supply include:
Note: A site plan shows the location of the dwelling in relation to the property boundaries and any existing buildings. The floor plan indicates the use of every room (i.e. lounge, kitchen, bathroom, etc) and location of the hot water cylinder, fire appliance etc.
The 'Site Copy' plans issued with the Resource Consent must be kept on site and made readily available at all times.
Building Consent work will be inspected by a Council building officer and Resource Consent conditions will be monitored by a Council planning compliance and monitoring officer.
A Building Consent is required to remove a building from an existing site. Applications for Building Consent to remove a building should include all the information outlined above. A building must only be removed after Building Consent has been issued.
Demolishing an existing building on a site does not require building consent as it is specifically exempt from the Building Act provisions (Clause 30, Part 1 Schedule 1 of the Building Act). However demolition proposals should be discussed with Council's duty building officer to ensure that appropriate public safety measures have been identified and will be implemented.
Where drainage and water services are still connected, the applicant is responsible for applying to the Hastings District Council reticulation engineer for sealing of the sewer and disconnection of the water at the boundary. At least five working days notice is required for the services to be disconnected. Contractors must not remove or demolish any part of a building containing drainage pipework until Council’s approved contractor has carried out the required disconnections.
You will also need Building Consent to site the building at its new location. See the Apply for a Building Consent page.
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