What is a Code Compliance Certificate?
A code compliance certificate (CCC) is a formal statement issued under section 95 of the Building Act 2004, that building work carried out under a building consent complies with that building consent and the building code.
The Council issues a Code Compliance Certificate for consented building work when it is satisfied on reasonable ground that the building work complies with the New Zealand Building Code and the building consent.
A code compliance certificate gives you and future owners an assurance that the building work was done to the appropriate standards, making it safe, healthy and durable. .
The owner is responsible for notifying the Council as soon as the building work has been completed in accordance with the building consent.
Before you apply for your code compliance certificate you need to ensure that the final inspection of your building work has been passed. When notifying the Council of completed work, allowances should be made for time to arrange an inspection and to rectify any work that does not comply with the building code.
We may be unable to issue the Code Compliance Certificate if any of the required inspections have been missed or the required Producer Statements cannot be provided. Lack of a code compliance certificate may prevent a bank from releasing a final payment or increase the cost of insurance cover. If you don't get one you may also have trouble selling your property in future.
A review of the fees paid for inspections will be made when the CCC is being approved for issue. Additional inspection fees will be charged if the inspection fee paid when the application was lodged is not enough to cover the inspection time actually used. You will be invoiced for any inspections not covered in the initial fee and payment is required before the CCC can be issued.
If an application for CCC has not been received within two years of the building consent being granted, Council is obliged to undertake an inspection and decide whether or not to issue a Code Compliance Certificate. A reminder letter will be sent out to alert you to this. Failure to respond to reminder letters from Council may result in Code Compliance being refused.
If you apply in writing for an extension of time to complete your building project an officer may grant an extension after reviewing the file or by doing a progress inspection. Council will advise you in writing if an extension of time is approved.
How do I get my Code Compliance Certificate?
The CCC application form will have been sent to you in the building consent pack, but if you need a new one you can contact us and have one sent out. The building control officer will have you complete this application at the approved final inspection.
The Building Act requires us to process your application for CCC within 20 working days. The ‘clock’ starts when we received your application. As with building consent applications, the ‘clock’ will stop if your application is suspended awaiting additional inspections, documentation or fees and will restart when the issue has been resolved.
When you apply for a Code Compliance Certificate you will need to confirm the names and contact details for all the people involved in your project e.g. builders, plumbers, engineers etc.
Outstanding fees, if any, must be paid in full before the Code Compliance Certificate will be issued. This includes payment of development contributions if applicable.
You may also need to supply supporting documentation such as energy certificates, Records of Work or Producer Statements. Your CCC application form lists the documentation required before a Code Compliance Certificate can be issued and additional documentation may also be requested during inspections (e.g. as-built drainage plan, amendment etc.).
If the building has specified systems such as fire alarms, sprinklers, etc. that have been added, removed or altered, evidence may be required to prove that they are capable of performing to the performance standards set out in the building consent. We will also issue a Compliance Schedule and a Compliance Schedule Statement with the Code Compliance Certificate.
Consents Officer - Building
Phone: (03) 440 0613