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Factory Consent

The first type of consent required for a transportable home or cabin is Factory Consent. Koltm Modular takes care of the factory consent and fees associated with this. We lodge and process this on your behalf and it is included in your project cost! It takes a minimum of 8-10 weeks for the council to approve factory consent.

Building Consent

The second type of consent required is Building Consent. All building work done in New Zealand must comply with the Building Code, and a building consent is required in most cases. Every council's rules are slightly different which is why we recommend working with a draughtsman in your area and submitting the Building Consent application yourself. Koltm Modular can assist you with this if needed.

Building work that is considered 'low-risk' is exempt from needing a consent in certain circumstances under the Building Act. The following list is a summary of building work that will need a consent, but you should always check with your local council to confirm. 

  • Structural building - including additions, alterations, re-piling and some demolitions
  • Plumbing and drainage where an additional sanitary fixture is created
  • Relocating a building
  • Installing a woodburner or air-conditioning system
  • Retaining walls higher than 1.5 metres (3.0 metres in rural area if designed by a chartered professional engineer)
  • Fences or walls higher than 2.5 metres, and all swimming pools and their associated fences
  • Decks, platforms or bridges more than 1.5 metres above ground level
  • Sheds greater than 30 square metres in floor area
  • Some earthworks

A building consent authority has 20 working days from the date the application for a building consent is received to decide whether to refuse or grant the application. A building consent authority may request more information about the application (eg. Geotech report) within 20 working days from the date the application is received. If a request is made, the 20-working-day period is suspended until the building consent authority receives this information.

Building Consent Exemptions

Single-storey detached buildings include sleepouts, sheds, greenhouses and other similar structures under 30sqm can be built without a building consent. Kitchen and bathroom facilities are not included in the exemption. Any plumbing work to a new or current building still requires a building consent, and any electrical work will still have to be carried out by a registered electrician.

For Koltm Modular cabins specifically, this means any cabin under 30sqm with no kitchen or bathroom is exempt from requiring building consent.

The information in the section above has been extracted from building.govt.nz

Resource Consent

Under the Resource Management Act, regional and city or district councils prepare plans to reflect the desires and aspirations of the local community in relation to natural or physical resources, and activities that affect the environment. In most cases, Resource Consent is not required for transportable homes in New Zealand unless your project affects the environment, or does not comply with the regional or district plans. Just as council plans vary, the need for resource consents varies from one area to another. You should always check with your local council to confirm. 

If you don't need resource consent but want confirmation, a council can issue a certificate of compliance for permitted activities. This confirms that the activity is lawfully established in relation to the Resource Management Act. 

The information in the section above has been extracted from building.govt.nz and environment.govt.nz


Auckland Council - Building Consent Process 10 Step Guide

Further Compliance Information