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Inspections & Compliance


Need to book an inspection?

Please phone Tauranga City Council Building Inspections on 07 578 6666 between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday and at least three days before you want the inspection done. Your first inspection can be booked from 1pm on the day following the payment of your Building Consent, and collection of your plans.

When your building consent is issued, you will receive a list of inspections required. Inspections are carried out over the course of the work and at the end. The type of inspections will depend on the nature of your building work. 

Most inspections require on-site representation. Please check this when booking your inspection and make sure you can be around. Inspections are booked for early or late mornings and afternoons, with no specific times set except for final inspections. The approved consent plans and associated documents must be on-site for all inspections.

Inspections are carried out to verify construction is as per the consented documents and provide a record of the inspection findings. The inspector will leave or email a site notice providing some detail and the outcome of the inspection.

It is the owner's responsibility to provide suitable access to the building work so that we can complete the inspection of all building elements.

Once the inspections are complete and all paperwork has been received, a Code Compliance Certificate will be issued. The certificate proves that your building work has met the conditions in your building consent (and therefore the National Building Code) and that the work is safe for public use.

What if I fail the inspection?

Failed inspections are due to one or more non-compliances being found. The areas of non-compliance will be discussed with the site representative. These will generally result in varying levels of site instruction such as conditional continuation or a stop work. Serious breaches can result in a notice to fix.

Please note that deviations to the plans require amendments and that you will need discuss this with your designer at the earliest opportunity. Amendments can be minor or major depending on the nature of the change.

One stop shop

We’ve put together an overview of building inspections, what you need to do, what happens during and after inspection, what types of inspections TCC building inspectors carry out etc.

Building Inspections booklet (54kb pdf)

Can’t get an inspection soon enough? Consider a self-certified inspection

Tauranga is currently experiencing high volumes of construction with the growth of our city. The downside to this is an increase in waiting times for inspections.

Tauranga City Council’s Building Consent Authority (BCA) has introduced four self-certified inspections on a trial basis only to help alleviate the inspection waiting time issue. Self-certified inspections must be carried out by Licenced Building Practitioners (LBPs). LBPs can now self-certify inspections for tanking, pre-plaster, pre-stopping/bracing and block foundations (no more than 3 blocks high). 

How this works:

  1. Request the inspection as usual on the required items letter on issue of your building consent.
     
  2. Ask your builder / Licensed Building Practitioner to call 07 578 6666 to book. It is imperative that the builder calls for each inspection to be self-certified so we can confirm if there are any outstanding failed inspections and update the system. Council also needs to be aware of when the inspection will happen as we carry out random, spot audits on self-certified inspections (no charge to the customer). Note that if a Licensed Building Practitioner fails three or more audits their ability to self-certify these inspections will be withdrawn.
     
  3. Once the inspection has been called in we will email you an inspection form to be completed. Alternatively you can download a copy right here, but remember to call in before proceeding.

Self-Certified Inspection Form (147kb pdf)
Self-Certified Inspection Form (360kb docx)

  1. Get your Licensed Building Practitioner to complete the form and return to groundcheck@tauranga.govt.nz. All building elements need to be confirmed as completed. Note that rechecks will be required and charged for if there are any outstanding items. Failure to do this may result in delays or refusal of the Code Compliance Certificate (CCC).
     
  2. Keep a copy of the completed form on-site for the next inspector to review.   

Pre-purchase inspections

Before buying a property it is a good idea to arrange a pre-purchase inspection to confirm that any alterations have the appropriate permit and that the structure is sound. There are private companies which offer this service. You can check whether an inspector is accredited on the Building Surveyors website. 

If you are looking for someone to provide a pre-purchase inspection, we recommend you check the yellow pages for contact information on building inspections.

New Zealand Institute of Building Surveyors


Last Reviewed: 16/03/2017