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Development Contributions increases

Development Contributions are a charge on developments that helps pay for the infrastructure that services this growth (e.g. wastewater pipes, roads, reserves, treatment plants – and soon community facilities like pools and libraries). The charge is usually included in building consent invoices.

This charge has increased by $8849 for any building consents lodged on or after 1 February 2022. Further increases, estimated at up to $5000, are likely from 1 July 2022.

Find out more about the increases

Council is responsible for issuing building consents in Tauranga.

The area extends from Bethlehem in the north where there are significant new developments, to the new growth areas of Pyes Pa in the west and east to Papamoa and the new developments planned for Wairakei.

A building consent is a formal approval to undertake building work at a specific site in accordance with approved plans and specifications and is required for all work involving construction, alteration, demolition and maintenance of new or existing buildings.  A building consent establishes that your planned building work complies with the Building Act 2004 and the building code. 

Council carries out inspections during construction, issue code compliance certificates, issue notices to fix, provide project information memoranda (PIM) and land information memoranda (LIM). 

Building and resource consent applications can be complex. We recommend that you engage an experienced professional to help with design work, drawings and specifications.

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