Read on for answers to some of the most common questions about our property development application process.
If you’re unsure where to start with your application, read through this process overview.
The cost of your application will depend on several factors, like:
The best way to get an early cost indication is to enter a few details as part of an initial quote application.
Read more about how we calculate the cost of an application
We’ll ask for different information at different steps in the process, but the basic information you’ll need to provide is:
In most cases, we should be able to provide a quote after you provide these basic details. As you progress further in the process, you’ll need to provide more in-depth information such as timings for earthworks and detailed scheme plans.
Read more about what information you’ll need to provide during the application process
The full process can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months. On average, it can take up to five months to get everything lined up for your site. We also don’t offer a priority service.
There are a number of factors which influence how long each job will take (e.g. the proximity of the site to our nearest network, the number of dwellings in the development, and any new roads or infrastructure required), and it’ll also depend on the requirements of your specific request.
When you’re ready, you can get submit a few details and, in most cases, you’ll be able to get a quote straight away. You can then print off a copy and send it to your local council or your bank. There is no cost to getting this quote.
Your quote is valid for 90 days. If you’re happy with it, you can then agree to our terms and conditions, and pay the amount quoted. You’ll then receive an invoice and a contract.
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If you haven’t accepted your quote yet, you can edit your development details to change things like the number of connections or if any existing network will be impacted, and we will recalculate the total amount.
We don’t extend expired quotes. If your quote has expired after 90 days, you’ll need to create a new request.
The contract and the invoice will be made out to the same name. You can make minor edits such as correcting small spelling mistakes, but if you want to change the legal entity the invoice is made out to, we’ll have to cancel the original invoice and issue a new one.
If you want to change what’s outlined on your contract, you’ll need to log into your account and let us know straight away. We can work with you to agree an amendment to the scope of the works and let you know if there are any additional fees, such as a design change fee.
Get in touch with us as soon as possible if you want to cancel your job. You can contact us after you log into your account.
You might think your development is simple, but the work required to get our network to your site can be very complex, even for a small development.
Find out more about the design and build process
Once you have agreed and paid for your quote, we will complete a detailed assessment of your request and provide an update on the timelines for the installation. Once your job is with our service company, you will see completion dates on the ‘status’ tab of your request.
There are a number of factors which determines how long each job will take, and it’ll depend on the requirements of your specific request. We’ll try to work in with your development timings, so it is important to update your key dates.
As part of our assessment of your job, we’ll let you know if you’ll need to do anything inside your development as part of our agreement. You can try to assess this for yourself by using our decision tree.
It depends whether our communal infrastructure needs to be installed within your site, or whether you just need to install 20mm green lead-in pipes, but we should be able to supply most of the materials required as part of the communal infrastructure.
We’ll let you know once you’ve accepted the quote and paid, otherwise you can use this decision tree to get an idea for yourself
Read our technical requirement documents
Have a read through our clearance and easements guide for more information about what’s required for getting a clearance letter.
Most local councils need a letter from us to confirm phone and internet services are available at the property as part of their 224c resource consent conditions.
If you don’t need to apply for resource consent, or telecommunications is not listed on your resource consent, then chances are you won’t need a clearance letter.
You must have gone through the ‘quote and agree’ step so we can assess what work will be required in our network to provide connections for your development. There are a few conditions that need to be met before we can generate the clearance letter. These are:
Read more about clearance letters
We compare your draft land title plan against the scheme plans you provided and our design to make sure the development we are providing clearance for, is what we have designed and built our network installation for.
We also need to check that any required easements have been listed correctly so that we can protect our access rights for any maintenance work we may need to do to our network in the future.
We can pre-install fibre in each individual dwelling, making it quick and easy for occupants to get connected to a fibre broadband service when they move in.
Read more about preparing to connect to fibre
You’ll need to contact your chosen internet service provider and ask them for connection.
If you’ve been through the pre-built fibre process, the equipment is already set up inside the new dwelling and the connection can be activated remotely.
You can buy 20mm green lead-in pipe directly from an electrical wholesaler, but make sure it comes with a draw-tape so we can guide the network through the pipe.
Our network is not just on poles, it’s mostly underground. Before undertaking any work on site, you should always find out where any existing utilities are located to avoid causing any accidental damage.
Read more about working near our network
Firstly, keep yourself and the site safe.
You’ll then need to report it as soon as possible, either by filling in our damage report form or calling 0800 4 NETWORK (0800 463 896, select option 2).
If you want to move or relocate any of our existing network, you can let us know when you submit a development request, or call us on 0800 463 896 (select option 3).