Proposed transfer of Building Act consent functions for large dams

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We have been the accredited Building Consent Authority on behalf of Otago, Southland and the West Coast since 2007. Due to the low number of applications received in recent years and the cost of maintaining accreditation, we propose that we no longer act as the Building Consent Authority and transfer these functions to Environment Canterbury.

We welcome your feedback on the proposal.

The Building Act 2004 requires regional councils to control building work on dams, including the consenting of large dams*. This means that each regional council must perform the functions of a Building Consent Authority and attain the necessary accreditation. A building consent is required for all structures that meet the definition of a large dam, including flood control dams, significantly modified natural features and canals, as well as structures that form part of large dams, such as related structures.

*A large dam is defined in the Building Act 2004 as a dam that has a height of four or more metres and holds 20,000 or more cubic metres of water.

Anyone is welcome to make a submission until 5pm on 7 September 2020. You can make a submission either:

  • By filling in the below form; or
  • By posting a hard copy submission form to:

BCA Transfer Submissions
Otago Regional Council
Private Bag 1954
Dunedin 9054

Key documents:


We have been the accredited Building Consent Authority on behalf of Otago, Southland and the West Coast since 2007. Due to the low number of applications received in recent years and the cost of maintaining accreditation, we propose that we no longer act as the Building Consent Authority and transfer these functions to Environment Canterbury.

We welcome your feedback on the proposal.

The Building Act 2004 requires regional councils to control building work on dams, including the consenting of large dams*. This means that each regional council must perform the functions of a Building Consent Authority and attain the necessary accreditation. A building consent is required for all structures that meet the definition of a large dam, including flood control dams, significantly modified natural features and canals, as well as structures that form part of large dams, such as related structures.

*A large dam is defined in the Building Act 2004 as a dam that has a height of four or more metres and holds 20,000 or more cubic metres of water.

Anyone is welcome to make a submission until 5pm on 7 September 2020. You can make a submission either:

  • By filling in the below form; or
  • By posting a hard copy submission form to:

BCA Transfer Submissions
Otago Regional Council
Private Bag 1954
Dunedin 9054

Key documents: