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Development Engineering

Development Engineers review engineering designs, reports and calculations related to city developments to ensure they are fit for purpose and up to standard.

This ranges all the way from the initial concept of a development (whether that be residential, commercial, or industrial) to the construction and occupation of dwellings or structures.

At Tauranga City Council, we have several teams that undertake this work:

  • The Development Engineering team – this team sits within the Environmental Planning team (Regulatory and Compliance Division).
  • The Land Development Engineering team – this team sits within the Asset Services team (Infrastructure Division).
  • The Building Engineers team – this team sits within the Building Processing and Engineering team (Regulatory and Compliance Division).

Figure 1 Organisational Chart for Development Engineering

Development Engineering Org Chart

Development Engineering – Environmental Planning

This team is involved with your resource consent application from concept until your resource consent is issued. They also become involved again at the s223/s224 application stage. They provide advice on and review the wastewater, water, stormwater, geotechnical and natural hazard aspects of your proposal.

Relevant Act - Resource Management Act 1991

Relevant Standard - Tauranga City Council’s Infrastructure Development Code

Email - DevEngPlanning@tauranga.govt.nz

Services

Engineering Concept Consultation is a service that allows for informal discussion between you and our engineers (including asset managers) at the concept stage. It can help to identify any potential challenges associated with your project. You can apply for this service through our Key Account Management team.

This service allows you to engage with the planning team (including development engineers) prior to lodging your resource consent application. Our engineers can advise on the feasibility of your proposal and pinpoint any concerns that may need to be addressed as part of your application.

Pre application enquiry form (215kb pdf)

This team will review the engineering aspects of your resource consent application and provide advice and recommended conditions back to the council planner. As the applicant or applicant’s representative, your point of contact will be with your assigned Council planner. The Development Engineer will liaise with the planner on the engineering review.

This team will review the engineering conditions on your resource consent for s223/s224 approval. The Development Engineer will liaise directly with the applicant’s representative on any further information requirements, any remedial work that needs to be undertaken on-site or any changes required to documentation. The Development Engineer will inform the Council planner when the engineering conditions are satisfied.

This team can accept applications for IDC non-compliances and initiate review and approval where your non-compliance relates to a resource consent application. It is preferred that IDC non-compliances are reviewed and approved prior to consent application. You will need to complete the below application template and send it to the above email address.

Application template (86kb pdf)

This team can be contacted to discuss bonding options for engineering works associated with a resource consent but don’t require a Development Works Approval. Please note that the Council is not obligated to approve bonds, and they will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Land Development Engineering – Infrastructure

This team undertakes Development Works Approvals, inspections, testing and signoffs of vested infrastructure once your resource consent has been issued. When you apply for Development Works Approval, you will be assigned a Land Development Engineer who will be your point of contact through the process.

Relevant Act - Resource Management Act 1991

Relevant Standard - Tauranga City Council’s Infrastructure Development Code

Email - devplan@tauranga.govt.nz

Services

Development Works Approval (DWA) is required for all infrastructure that is being vested to Council. This team reviews and approves detailed design for vested infrastructure being constructed under a resource consent application. Where a DWA is required, this will be represented as a condition of your resource consent. Construction cannot begin on site until the detailed design has been approved.

This team will attend any inspections or testing on-site that are required hold points under your DWA and the IDC. 48 hours’ notice is required. Refer to IT-1 of the IDC for a summary of inspection and testing requirements.

IT-1 (439kb pdf)

This team will provide engineering certification for vested infrastructure. This includes reviewing and approving all LT plans, quality assurance documentation, test records, inspection records, as-builts and completed physical works. The engineering certification will be issued with a 20 working-day expiry and needs to be submitted with your s223/s224 application.

You will need a service connection approval when you are undertaking any connections that will require work on council-owned infrastructure. This includes wastewater, water, and stormwater connections and vehicle crossings. This process only approves the point of connection, it does not approve private or public infrastructure beyond the connection point. Building consent, or DWA, is required for this work.

The Development Monitoring team undertake random site visits throughout the construction of vested infrastructure associated with a resource consent. They can also attend various scheduled site inspections and testing that do not require a Development Engineer to be present.

This team can be contacted to discuss bonding options for engineering works associated with a resource consent that also requires a Development Works Approval. Please note that the Council is not obligated to approve incomplete works bonds, and they will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

The Devplan email address can be used to request a bond refund.

Building Engineers – Building Processing and Engineering

This team reviews engineering aspects of your building consent application, from the initial concept to the issuance of your building consent. Their responsibilities encompass a comprehensive review and advisory role in engineering matters related to building consent applications, covering structural, geotechnical, stormwater, wastewater, water, and natural hazards. In addition, they play a pivotal role in facilitating various council applications, such as Service Connection Applications and Easement Encroachment Applications, to secure the necessary approvals for building consent.

Relevant Act – Building Act 2004

Relevant Standard – The Building Code, Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods

Email – Deveng@tauranga.govt.nz or Structural@tauranga.govt.nz

Services

This service provides you with the opportunity to collaborate with our building team, which includes both development and structural engineers, before formally submitting your building consent application. The expertise of the building team allows them to assess the viability of your proposal and identify any potential concerns that should be addressed in your application. You can apply for this service through our buildingduty@tauranga.govt.nz email address.

This team will review the engineering components of your building consent application and provide advice to the Building Control Officer. As the applicant or representative, your primary contact will be your designated Council Building Control Officer (BCO). The Development and Structural Engineer will collaborate closely with the BCO throughout the engineering review process.

This team may be called upon to assess the engineering elements of a Certificate of Acceptance application and offer guidance to the Building Compliance Officer.

Tools and links

IDC Toolbox
Includes links to templates and worksheets referred to in the IDC.

Infrastructure Development Code
Standards for designing and constructing vested infrastructure.

Resource Management Act 1991
Legislation governing resource consents.

Building Code
Solutions for designing and constructing private works requiring building consents.

Building Act 2004
Legislation governing building consents

Mapi
Council’s mapping service for external customers to view utilities, land features and natural hazard information.

Coastal Erosion Map Viewer
This tool allows you to view a range of erosion and instability scenarios over various timeframes and sea level rise scenarios.

Coastal and harbour erosion information
This webpage provides background and explanatory information on erosion along the coast and inner harbour.

Land instability and slope hazard information
This webpage gives information on TCCs land instability and slope hazard maps. You can find background and explanatory information here.

Flood information
This webpage has links to information on inner harbour inundation, coastal inundation, flooding from extreme rainfall and flooding from rising groundwater.

Ground shaking and liquefaction information
This webpage provides background and explanatory information on ground shaking and liquefaction caused by earthquakes.

Chapter 12 of the City Plan
The appendices of this chapter include performance standards that are required to be met when proposing vested infrastructure as part of your development.

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