The Building Act 2004 requires that work commences within 12 months after the date of issue of the Building Consent.
If work has not started within that period the consent will lapse and you will need to apply for a new one before you can start work.
Complying with consented documents
All building work on site must comply with the consented documents. Confirmation of this will be noted at Council inspections. Carrying out work other than that detailed on the approved plans is an offence under the Building Act. Doing so may result in a formal instruction to cease works immediately, a Notice to Fix being issued and prosecution in some instances.
If you wish to make changes to the project, and change the plans, then you will need to ensure that we have approved these changes in advance to carrying out the works on site.
Whether an application for a formal amendment to the building consent is needed will be dependent on the impact that the change has on the project.
Making changes to plans
If the impact is minor then it can be dealt with as a minor variation by one of our building officers. This may be on site during an inspection or by contacting the duty building officer. Examples of minor variations would include relocating a window or minor bracing changes.
No charge is made for this service.
For further information on minor variations, follow the link below to the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE).
Minor Variations (MBIE website)
If the impact of the change is significant you will need to apply for a formal amendment. Applications must be made on the appropriate application form and be accompanied by amended plans and specifications showing the item/s that have been changed.
A planning check will be undertaken to ensure that the project continues to meet the requirements of the District Plan. Examples of significant changes would include changes of internal layouts or cladding changes.
A charge is made for processing formal applications for amendments. The fee will be calculated when the application is submitted and payment will need to accompany the application.
If the impact is more than significant then you will need to apply for a new consent. Examples of such changes may include adding new rooms or changes to the envelope of the building. In such situations we will also need to review the inspection procedures for the project.
To download the guidance notes, procedure and application form, follow the links below.
Completing the Building Consent forms
Download and save a copy to your computer first. You can then use Adobe Reader to fill it out on your computer and save it, before returning it to us.
Building Consent Amendment Application Form [100kb]
Building Consent Application Form [3.5mb]
Building Consent Application Guidance Notes [119kb]
Building Consent Application Procedure for Inspection Form [80kb]
Council inspections and any third party verifications that will be entered onto the 'Schedule of Site Requirements' that will be included in your consent pack. This will set out the inspections required, who will undertake them and the supporting documentary evidence required.
It is essential that inspections are undertaken as required by the schedule which will ensure that works can be properly assessed and any remedial works completed before the project continues.
Failure to comply with the inspection schedule may cause problems later in the project. If our inspectors, or others, are unable to view the work undertaken it may become necessary for you to remove materials so that items can be inspected resulting in additional costs and time delays for all concerned.
The forms below have been designed for your use. If you have any queries with the use of these forms, please contact us.
Producer Statement - Certifying Plumber [61kb]
Producer Statement - Construction [159kb]
Producer Statement - Wet Area [113kb]
For more information regarding the types of inspections Council undertakes to confirm compliance of works on site and the considerations of each inspection type, please refer to the documents below.
Schedule of Site Requirements [67kb]
Building Consent - Planning of Inspections [154kb]
Booking an inspection
Please book inspections as far ahead as you can to ensure that the time is convenient to you and to help us with our planning.
When you make your booking, you will need to supply the following information:
- your Building Consent number
- the site location/address
- the name and registration number of the Licensed Building Practitioner (if required)
- the name and contact phone number of the person who will be on-site at the time of the inspection.
To book inspections, please contact our Building Department booking office, phone: +64 9 430 4224.
Please try to give as much notice as possible.
Undertaking the inspection
Please ensure that all consented documents, amendments and relevant paperwork are available on site. If they are not, the inspector will be unable to continue and you will be required to book another inspection.
Any inspections that we cannot undertake will be charged at the standard inspection rate in force at the time.
The building inspector will view the work undertaken and discuss any concerns or issues with the person on site. If remedial work is needed, the inspection will be failed and you will be asked to book a further inspection when it has been undertaken.
Any inspections that are failed will be charged at the standard inspection rate in force at the time, along with any 'reinspections'.
Recording the outcome
Whatever the outcome, the inspector will always issue a Field Advice Notice (FAN) that records the outcome of the inspection. These will be emailed out to a nominated contact person who is responsible for communicating the outcomes of the inspection to others involved in the project.
Site safety is the responsibility of the project manager or contractor and we ask you to ensure that our inspectors are safe while they are carrying out the inspection.
Ladders are carried in vehicles by all inspection staff, but where access to areas of the building is required which would be unsafe or not possible with these ladders, a safe, alternative means of access for inspection shall be the responsibility of the owner.
When all works are complete
The Building Act 2004 requires that you make application for a Code Compliance Certificate once all work related to the project is complete.
Click the 'Next Page' link below to learn more about Code Compliance Certificates and how to apply for one.