What is building consent and is it needed for a temporary shelter?
Like resource consent, building consent is a program of formal approval managed by an area’s local council. But unlike resource consent, which focuses on land use, building consent focuses on the actual construction.
Because temporary structures will only be erected for a short time, many do not require building consent. Auckland Council, for example, does not require building consent to be obtained for a number of structures, provided they are less than 100m2 in size and will be in place for a month or less.
Similarly, the following structures may be eligible for a building consent exemption:
- A tent, marquee or seating arrangement with an occupancy of less than 250 people.
- Inherently stable stands and statues.
- Previously successful applications at the same location, with the same size and occupancy level.
Again, you’ll need to contact your local council to find out the rules for temporary structure building consent in your area.