By going the LifeSpace way, you will be sparing yourself a tangle of red tape. Your Project Manager will manage the building consent process for you, and report back as progress is made. Because fees vary from place to place, the cost of permits and specialist permit advice (for complicated jobs), is additional to the fixed price quote.
Even though your Project Manager is on the case, it is a good idea to acquaint yourself with the detail. For more details on council requirements check out the your region's council.
Other items to apply for
A covenant is a legal requirement - you have to do what it says. Covenants may be set by your council or land developer.
Types of Covenant
Height restrictions, To preserve views and/or protect from flooding.
Minimum cost of building. To ensure a certain standard of home.
Minimum floor area. To ensure a certain standard of home.
Types of building materials. To preserve character or ensure a certain standard of home.
Vendor approval. Vendor approves house plans before building starts.
There's no avoiding building consents. Having one means all the necessary checks of your house have been made and meet the standard set out by local laws.
Apply for a PIM (Project Information Memorandum) before or at the same time as applying for a Building Consent.
Remember that illegal work is subject to heavy fines.
The cost of building consents vary, depending on where you live. For a standard dwelling expect to pay anywhere between $1,500 and $5,000.
Other items to apply for
Footpath Crossing. If a footpath crossing has been provided by the subdivider, it can be built by the Territorial Authority or you can do it yourself.
Water supply. If not already in place, you need to apply for a water meter and mains connections.
Resource consent. This is required in circumstances where there is special zoning, where your building doesn't comply with town planning requirements.
Power supply. Mains or generator.
Communications. Telephone connections.
Your council inspects your construction throughout your project. The following are the different stages of inspection.
Siting inspection. Ensure boundaries are defined and the house is correctly positioned.
Foundation inspection. Made when reinforcing is in place and the thickness of the floor is correct.
Pre-lining inspection. Checking the steel is in place and the thickness of the floor is correct.
Pre-lining inspection. Made after insulation is in place and before the fixing of the exterior wall lining.
Final inspection. Made before you move in.
Plumbing, drainage and installation inspections. A series of inspections throughout the building process.
Code Compliance Certificate. This is a certificate from your council (or a private Building Certifier) which states that the project is completed and at that time complied with all the requirements of the Building Consent.