FAQs - Inspections
What inspections do I need?
During processing of the building consent application we will determine what inspections will be necessary to enable us to be satisfied on reasonable grounds that compliance will be achieved. Each inspection will be identified along with the requirements for that particular inspection. A list of inspections will be attached to your building consent.
Inspections by Others
Sometimes it is necessary for specialists to conduct inspections or 'construction monitoring' in addition to the inspections carried out by Council. If a specialist inspection is necessary you will generally be advised before the consent is granted. Typically these types of inspections may involve having a geotechnical engineer confirm ground stability, or having an aspect of specific structural design checked by a registered engineer.
Please ensure you read inspection requirements and are familiar with them before commencing work.
How do I book an inspection?
Building inspections are booked through the inspection booking line 07 8850755. Do not contact the building inspector directly.
Inspections are undertaken by appointment only. It is your (or your builder's) responsibility to notify Council 24 hours before you require an inspection. Please ensure all work for inspection is ready the day before your inspection. Incomplete work requiring a new booking will incur an additional inspection fee.
You will be required to provide us with the following information when booking an inspection:
- Site address
- Building consent number
- Name & phone number of contact person on site
- Date the inspection is required
- Type of inspection, i.e; plumbing, drainage, foundation, pre-slab, preline, etc.
- LBP details for Restricted Building Work
What access is required for inspections?
When booking an inspection, please ensure that the appropriate equipment will be in place for the inspector to safely inspect the work. This may mean that you need to provide scaffolding, a ladder or scissor lift to ensure that the inspector can view all building elements (e.g. flat roofs, chimney back flashings, internal gutters, etc).
For final inspections and alterations where access to the premises is restricted by locks, we require someone to be in attendance on site when the inspection takes place. Please ensure that you have made arrangements to have someone available and to liaise with the inspector on the day.
Can a building consent be issued before the resource consent?
Yes, you can obtain a building consent prior to the resource consent being granted, however, no inspections will be allowed to take place until resource consent is granted.
How do I know if the inspection has been passed?
For an inspection to take place the approved building consent documentation is required to be on site.
N.B: If we arrive on site and the documentation is not available we will not undertake the inspection. We may however; bill you for our visit.
At the conclusion of each inspection the outcome will be recorded on the inspection notice, completed and provided by the inspector. Inspection notices will be emailed to the site contact for the project.
What if the inspection has failed?
If an inspection is failed, the work to be rectified will be recorded on the inspection notice. In most cases another inspection will be required to inspect remedial work.
Re-inspections may be charged for.
If the work is not remedied to the satisfaction of the building inspector, it is likely that a notice to fix will be issued.
How do I find out what the outcome of the inspection is?
On completion of each inspection you will receive an inspection notice. Inspections can also be viewed via the AlphaOne customer portal.
The notice will advise whether the inspection has Passed, Failed, or is Incomplete due to elements relating to the inspection not yet being in place (e.g. post footings at a foundation inspection).
Failed inspections are due to one or more non-compliance being found. The areas of non-compliance will be discussed with the site representative and noted on the inspection notice. Non-compliance will generally result in varying levels of site instruction such as conditional continuation, or a stop work. Serious breaches of non-compliance can result in a notice to fix.
What is a notice to fix?
A notice to fix is a formal notice issued by Council advising that certain works have not been carried out in accordance with the Building Code.
If a notice to fix is issued, you are required to address the issues identified within a prescribed timeframe to prevent further action being taken.
Enforcement of notices to fix is undertaken by the Territorial Authority (Council).
What happens when the inspections are competed?
The Building Act requires the owner to apply for the Code Compliance Certificate (CCC) as soon as the building work is practically complete.
We recommend that you make application for Code Compliance prior to the final inspection being completed, this ensures we have the necessary documentation available to the inspector on site to facilitate the timely issue of the Code Compliance Certificate if all work and documentation is completed in accordance with the approved building consent.
If you applied for the building consent using our online system, you can submit the CCC application via the front portal.
What is a code compliance certificate (CCC)?
A code compliance certificate is Council's verification that all works undertaken comply with the approved building consent. It is an important document and should be retained for future reference.
It is mandatory to apply for a code compliance certificate after all work has been completed.
Council has 20 working days to decide whether to issue or to refuse to issue a code compliance certificate.
What documents do I need to supply?
A list of required documents will be listed on the building consent document. You can upload these directly to the building consent via the online portal. These documents may include:
- asbuilt drainage
- electrical certificate
- record of works from the LBP's
- producer statements