The granting of a building consent is conditional on enabling the building work to be inspected
You can book an inspection or you can phone customer services on 0800 920 029. Inspections are undertaken Monday–Friday between 8.15am and 4.00pm (excluding public holidays). A standard inspection fee applies. We have produced a helpful guide(PDF, 3MB) that sets out the types of inspections, the purpose of the inspection, what our inspectors want to see and a photo providing an example of the inspection type.
Please ensure that safe access is available for our inspectors, including scaffolding and ladders where applicable to enable the inspection to take place. Failure to provide safe and reasonable access may result in a failed inspection.
Confirmation of terms and conditions
We will confirm inspection date and time. Allow 30 minutes either side of scheduled time for the Building Officer to arrive. The Building Officer will wait up to 15 minutes for the contact person to arrive. Failure to attend site will result in a cancellation fee. If the Building Officer feels that their health and safety is at risk they will leave site and not return until the hazard is eliminated or adequate controls have been put in place.
You need to supply:
- the physical address at which the inspection is to take place
- the rapid number (if the property is rural)
- the project’s building consent number
- contact details of the person who will be on site
- requested date and time for the inspection
- type of inspection e.g. plumbing, drainage, foundation, piles, pre-slab, pre-line, final inspection
- names of any LBPs undertaking the work (if applicable)
We undertake inspections to ensure that the work is being completed to the extent required by the consent. Your building consent will list the types of inspections that the Council require during your project. It is important that the listed inspections are successfully completed so we can issue a Code Compliance Certificate (CCC).
The stamped approved plans and specifications must be on site (and printed to the original scale). If the approved plans are not available, are not readable or the site is not safe, the inspector will not undertake the inspection. This means you will have to rebook the inspection and will be charged additional inspection fees.
Our expectation is that the person responsible for carrying out the work needs to be on-site at the time of the inspection.
The inspector completes a record of the inspection on site, detailing the findings and the decision made. This can be:
- Pass - all items are as per the approved plans and specifications
- Pass - but some rectification work will be required for checking at the next inspection (conditional continuation of work)
- Fail - rectification work needs to be conducted before the inspection can be passed
A copy of the inspection sheet is left on site after each inspection. Where the owner or an agent is available on site, the inspector can discuss the inspection decision and any other items that might be required for the next inspection. Keep the inspection records on site in a safe, dry place along with your approved plans.
If an inspection is failed, the work to be rectified will be recorded on the inspection sheet. Another inspection is necessary to inspect the remedial work. All re-inspections will be charged at normal residential or commercial building rates. If the work is not remedied to the satisfaction of the building officer, it is likely that a Notice to Fix will be issued.
A Notice to Fix (NTF) is a formal notice issued by the Council advising that certain works have not been carried out in accordance with the building consent. If a NTF is issued, you need to address the items identified within the stated timeframe to prevent further action being taken e.g. prosecution or an infringement under the Building Act 2004.
A final inspection is required for every building consent. All work must be completed to the extent required by the consent.
The owner is required to apply for a Code Compliance Certificate on completion of the work. If a CCC has not been applied for within two years of the consent being granted, Council must decide if a CCC can be issued.
Before your final inspection, you need to to fill in the CCC application form (Form 6)and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will then lodge your application before contacting you to confirm final inspection date and time.
You will also need to ensure you have a full set of plans available on site for this inspection. Sometimes with older consents, the plans may have been mislaid. If you cannot find your plans you will need to purchase a copy of your property file from Council before booking your final inspection.
Sometimes it is necessary for your engineer to observe construction. You will be advised on your building consent if this is necessary. Typically these inspections involve geotechnical or structural engineers to verify ground stability or structural design. Please ensure you have read and are familiar with any requirements listed in your consent documentation before starting work.
Sometimes, due to the nature of construction, we will have to identify project-specific inspections. For example, on these types of buildings - straw bale, mud brick, yurts (gers), or teepees. This will be agreed as part of the consenting process.