When your building consent is issued you will receive a list of inspections required. These are carried out over the course of the work and at the end.
The building consent process is about protecting people and property. When you book and then pass each inspection, and are issued a code compliance certificate, you will have documented assurance that you have met the Building Act requirements. 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. The approved consent plans and associated documents must be on-site for all inspections.
Booking an inspection
Please phone Council's building inspections team on 07 577 7334 between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, and at least three days before you want the inspection done.
If you are applying for a minor variation, please let us know when you book the inspection.
A failed 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.
We are currently experiencing high volumes of construction due to the growth of our city. The downside to this is an increase in waiting times for inspections.
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 licensed 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:
- Request the inspection as usual on the required items letter on issue of your building consent.
- 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.
- 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.
- Get your licensed building practitioner to complete the form and return to Council. 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 of compliance certificate (CCC).
- Keep a copy of the completed form on-site for the next inspector to review.
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 New Zealand Institute of Building Surveyors website.
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Last Reviewed: 03/09/2018