All customer-facing sites including service centres, libraries, the Mueum@TeAhu and i-SITES are open.Customers must wear a mask, sign in and follow social distancing guidelines when accessing Council services and venues during Alert Level 2. All playgrounds, public toilets and parks are open. The Hokianga Ferry operates as usual.
Public premises can only be occupied if a Code Compliance Certificate (CCC) has been issued or a CPU is in place. It is an offence to occupy or use a building without either a CCC or CPU. These certificates may apply to all or part of a building.
A certificate for public use is an assurance that a building (or part of a building) is safe for the public to use whilst construction is taking place. This provision is contained within sections 363A – 363C of the Building Act 2004, which came into force on 14 April 2005.
Council will only issue a certificate if it is satisfied that members of the public can use the premises safely. This is likely to involve an inspection. Obtaining a CPU does not relieve the owner of a building from the obligation to apply for a CCC after all the building work has been carried out. In order to apply for a CPU construction must not be completed and there must be a need for the building to open. Employees are not considered members of the public.
A certificate is required for all buildings used by the public, such as a shopping centre or store, or other buildings where the public enter for free or on payment of a fee, such as a sports stadium, swimming pool or zoo.
Any person who owns, occupies, or controls premises intended for public use, or their agent can apply for a CPU. Applicants must provide evidence of ownership or right to occupy the building. The following documents satisfy this requirement:
A CPU must be applied for on the appropriate form; a copy of this form is available from our website, or from your local area office. You must include the deposit fee as part of your application. The application must be accompanied by the following documents:
Plans and specifications clearly showing the part(s) of the premises that the application applies to
Once received, Council has 20 working days to decide whether to issue the certificate. If further information is requested during processing, the period is suspended until that information is provided.
The following list of documentation may also be required (if applicable) to support an application for a CPU
A CPU cannot be issued if:
It is an offence to allow members of the public to use a building, or any parts thereof, if:-
Under s.363 a person who commits an offence under this section of the Building Act is liable to a fine not exceeding $200,000 and, in the case of a continuing offence, to a further fine not exceeding $20,000 for every day or part day during, which the offence has continued.