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Anyone planning on designing, consenting, constructing or undertaking additions or alterations to an Early Childhood Education (ECE) centre needs to ensure they meet the requirements of both the Building Act 2004 and the Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008.

The Building Act requires that new building work meet the Building Code’s current requirements. The Act also requires upgrading to existing parts of the building when a building is altered (alteration of an existing centre) or has a change of use (for example, from a house to a new centre).

In other respects the building must comply with the Building Code to at least the same extent as before the alteration.

Every childcare centre in New Zealand requires a building consent prior to construction starting. A building consent is Council's written authority to carry out building work that it considers will comply with the Building Code provided it is completed in accordance with the plans and specifications submitted with the building consent application.

The problem is that applying for and obtaining a building consent can be a very difficult, costly and time consuming process.  There are so many things to consider ranging from fire safety and evacuation to the structural integrity of the building. That’s why it is important to have the right team around you when you are submitting a building consent for your ECE centre.

Establish provides a complete building consent solution for all sizes and types of ECE centres across New Zealand. You get the advantage of a full team of professionals experienced in the ECE development sector working for you to obtain building consent in the most time and cost-effective way possible.

Our Network Works For You

We have one of the largest networks of experts in the country to work with. In cities across New Zealand, we have architects, structural engineers, fire engineers and geotechnical engineers to guide your building consent application through Council. This ensures that your building consent has been fully considered before being lodged to avoid any unnecessary delays. The best part is that we take the complexity out of the consent process by running this team of experts for you. We provide every service you need for your consent and provide you with your dedicated project manager to keep you up to speed through the project.


Managing specialist consultants and project timelines is a difficult proposition for those of us not involved in these types of projects on a daily basis. This is why each one of our Clients is assigned a project manager who will be with you from the start of the consent process through to obtaining your consent. Your project manager is an expert in building consents and running consultant teams and their job is to ensure that your ECE development gets off to the best possible start.

Establish are the industry leaders in providing comprehensive development services for the childcare sector, including site finding, due-diligence, resource consenting and complete childcare developments.

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