Rates, Building & Property

Building consent for commercial buildings

If you’re planning work on an industrial or commercial building, you’ll need to provide more information than for a regular building consent.

Certificate for public use

Before any part of a building affected by building work can be used by the public, you must get a code compliance certificate (CCC) or certificate for public use (CPU). It’s an offence not to.

Your application for CPU needs to describe the precautions you will take to protect people using the building until the CCC is issued. This should include any specified systems and how people would escape from a fire.

Specified systems and compliance

Specified systems are systems or features that help a building to function fully – things like sprinklers, lifts, ventilation and air conditioning. These systems need ongoing inspection and maintenance to ensure they work as they should. If they fail to work properly they could adversely affect health or life safety, which may also affect your insurance cover. There are 16 specified systems in the Building Act. These must be identified on your building consent application form.

Compliance schedules for specified systems

When we issue a building consent we will state whether the building requires a compliance schedule. A compliance schedule states the specified systems and their performance standards, and includes the inspection, maintenance and reporting procedures needed to keep them in good working order.

The building consent will identify what documentation you need to provide to Council when construction is complete, before a code compliance certificate and compliance schedule can be issued. This may include certificates from installers of specified systems, testing and commissioning results, and third party verification from accredited inspection bodies for fire alarms and sprinkler systems as required by New Zealand Standards 4512:2003 and 4541:2007 respectively. 

We are required to issue a compliance schedule and compliance schedule statement for new buildings, or amend a compliance schedule where any specified systems are added or changed in a building. The compliance schedule is issued with the code compliance certificate. A compliance schedule statement is a document that is issued once and only with a new compliance schedule.

To initiate a change to the compliance schedule, you need to apply for an amendment. Complete the form below and submit it to us with the accompanying fee.

Pallet racking

Pallet racking installations require building consent. Applications for consent must have appropriate documentation to show that the installation will comply with the Building Code.