Change of Use of Building
The Building Act 2004 requires that if a building owner intends to change the use of a building or extend the life of the building beyond its specified life, the Council must be notified in writing before any work commences. The Council needs to check that the new building work complies with the Building Code as far as reasonably possible in the areas that are being altered. A change in use may require upgrading of safety features, accessibility and disability facilities within the existing buildings, as different provisions exist for different types of buildings.
Approval to Proceed with Building Work
Approval will depend on the Building Code requirements for the use intended and will differ from one type of use to another. You may need to provide additional information to assist Council in deciding if it will comply in its new use, or if a Building Consent will be required. In all cases, the entire building must continue to comply with the Building Code to the extent that it did before the alteration or change of use.
If you are thinking about alterations/building works that will change the use of an existing building you should talk to your local Council to see if a Building Consent (and/or Resource Consent) is required, or what is needed to comply with building provisions. This should be done at an early stage to avoid any delays.