Determinations Online Application

Determinations are made by MBIE on matters of doubt or dispute to do with building work. Rulings are legally binding, but only in relation to each case.

In order to process your determination in a timely manner, it’s best to give us as much information as possible when you submit your application.
This could include:
Note: We need an application fee in order to process your application. The payment section explains how to make this payment.

How to apply for a determination

  1. You will need to register/log in through RealMe first in order to apply for a determination.
  2. Complete all sections of the form, including:
    • Details of the applicant
    • Details of the applicant’s agent (nominated representative)
    • Details of other parties to the determination, such as the council involved
    • Information about the building or dam relevant to the determination
    • The matter to be determined
    • Details of any related applications
  3. Pay the correct application fee by direct credit
    • For single houses, garages and sheds, or attached houses, flats and apartments up to four units, the fee is $287.50 (including GST).
    • For all other buildings the fee is $575.00 (including GST).
  4. Send a copy of your completed application to each of the other parties.
    • After your application has been submitted, you will be asked to print your completed application to PDF. You’ll then need to forward that, along with any attachments you submitted, to each of the other parties.
If you are unable to complete the online application form, you can go back to our website, where you can download a paper application form to print.

Using this online form

Your application will save as you progress through the form. If you need to save and come back later, complete the mandatory fields of the page you’re on and click 'Next'. This will save your progress.

If you leave the form inactive for 20 minutes, you will be logged out and you will need to log back in with your RealMe details to access your saved application.

To resume your application, log back through the Determinations site and click on ‘My Applications’ to view your open applications. From there, click on the application name to continue.

If you need help completing this form, contact the Determinations team at or 0800 242 243

Privacy statement

Personal information provided on this form will be held and used by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) for the purposes of administering the determinations process. This includes the publication on MBIE’s website of the address of the subject property to which the determination applies, as well as the names of the parties (personal names are by title, initial, and surname). The information you provide may also be used for carrying out customer surveys, service improvement purposes and statistical analysis, and we may occasionally provide your information to third parties to carry out this work on our behalf.

The personal information you supply will not be used for any other reasons unless permitted under the Privacy Act 2020 (e.g. with your consent or for a directly related purpose). The information may also be provided to third parties where it is required or permitted by law. The information you supply will be provided to all parties named on this form and any other parties or persons with a direct interest identified throughout the determinations process. You can access or correct your personal information held by us at any time.

Should you save information on the digital application form without submitting it – your information will be held on our systems for approximately 6 months before it is deleted.