Building Inspections


​​​​Building Inspectors will inspect your building activities to ensure they comply with the approved plans. Some consents will require several different inspections depending on the nature and purpose of the building. The number of inspections required will depend on the complexity of the building and the systems within it.

Once your building consent has been granted and issued, we will send it to you in a convenient pack for storage on-site. It contains valuable information in addition to the building consent, such as the list of inspections that will be needed for your project.


Types of Inspections

While we are processing your building consent application, we will determine what inspections will be necessary for us to be satisfied on reasonable grounds that compliance with the NZ Building Code will be achieved.

Each inspection will be identified along with the requirements for that particular inspection. A list of the inspections we need to carry out will be attached to your building consent. Your building consent folder must be on site for inspections.​

If non-compliant work is discovered during an inspection a site notice will be issued or if it is a serious breach then a Notice to Fix may be issued requiring all work to stop or a conditional continuation of work until the non-compliance is resolved.

Note: The inspecting officer may refuse to carry out the inspection if the site is deemed to be unsafe (including lack of provision for access to off-ground areas).

Some of the things we will be checking for include:

  • drainage, including drains under buildings
  • excavation for a foundation
  • reinforcing steel for a foundation
  • any other steel to be embedded in concrete
  • any damp proof membrane to be covered (including tiles over a membrane)
  • any flashing/sill wrapping/cavity batten that will not be concealed on completion
  • coating of any monolithic cladding
  • pre-wrap – where structure is to be enclosed
  • pre-lining – plumbing or when timber has to have a specified moisture content
  • post-lining but before plaster stopping – firewalls and bracing walls
  • a final inspection to confirm all work as complete

Specialist Inspections

In addition to the inspections by Council inspectors, inspections may be required by specialists including structural, geotechnical and fire engineers. You will need to liaise directly with your specialist about the inspections he/she will need to make. Your specialist may not be able to give you the required Producer Statement if you have failed to arrange for inspections at the appropriate times.


Book an Inspection

For Restricted Building Work (RBW) you must notify Council in writing of the Licensed Building Practitioner(s) (LBPs) who will be doing the work before you can book the first inspection. (If you filled them in on the building consent application form in the first instance and they have not changed you are able to book an inspection.)

Key Personnel and Licenced Building Practitioners Form

Phone (03) 440 0056 to arrange an inspection. The more notice you can give us the better.  Due to the size of the Central Otago District, our building inspectors are only in some areas on certain days of the week (e.g. Roxburgh and surrounding areas we visit on a Wednesday and the Maniototo we visit on Tuesdays and Thursdays).

Documents Required

Make sure you have all your approved building consent documents on-site otherwise we cannot do the inspection.


Inspection Process

The Building Inspector will check that the building work is in accordance with the building consent documents. For Restricted Building Work, the LBP on site must be able to prove he is licensed by showing his card to the Building Inspector (if requested to).

Each inspection must be passed by the Building Inspector before the work can continue. The owner/agent is responsible for ensuring that all inspections identified on the site inspection sheet are approved.

For off ground areas that cannot be easily accessed and/or seen from ground level, you will need to provide the inspector with a safe and suitable method for accessing the area.


What happens next?

The Building Inspector can either pass or fail the on-site inspection.

For a pass – this will be recorded on both the on-site inspection sheet and the Building Inspector's inspection sheet and then entered into Council's computer records.

For a fail – this will be recorded on both the on-site inspection sheet and then entered into Council's computer records. This will mean a re-inspection is needed once the work in question has been rectified. A letter may also be sent confirming what re-work is required. If additional inspections are required we may have to charge a fee, as re-inspections are not provided for in the initial building consent fees.

If the work is not remedied to the satisfaction of the Building Inspector, or is in serious breach of the Building Act, a notice to fix may be issued.

A notice to fix is a formal notice issued by the Council advising that certain works have not been carried out in accordance with the Building Act. If a notice to fix is issued, you must address the issues identified within a prescribed timeframe to prevent further action being taken. Enforcement of a notice to fix is undertaken by Council.​

If you wish to make changes to the consented plans during the construction process you can do so by following our process for amending a building consent​. 

Page reviewed: 17 Oct 2019 3:22pm