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Consentium is both accredited and registered to the following scope:

  • State housing of up to four levels. This covers building consents for new and existing homes (retrofits), as well as any repairs and maintenance that require a building consent. (Residential 1, 2 and 3 and Commercial 1 and 2).
  • Processing of building consent applications
  • Granting of building consents
  • Issuing of building consents
  • Inspection of buildings while a building consent is operative
  • Certification of building work (issuing of code compliance certificates)
  • Issuing of compliance schedules

You can find our details on the Register of BCAs(external link).

You need to contact your local Territorial Authority:

If a waiver or modification to the building consent is required before the consent can be issued, these decisions and actions can only be undertaken by a territorial authority.

A Building Warrant of Fitness is provided annually to the Territorial Authority in whose area the building is located by the building owner or their agent on the first anniversary of the compliance schedule being issued. A new BWOF is required annually every year for the life of the building.

Alterations to buildings subject to EPB notice s133AT in relation to a building consent is a decision which can only be made by the territorial authority whose area the proposed building work is required.

Alterations to existing buildings s112 [part 2] in relation to a building consent is a decision which can only be made by the territorial authority whose area the proposed building work is required.

Building work on a site subjected to natural hazards in relation to a building consent is a decision which can only be made by the territorial authority whose area the proposed building work is required.

Buildings with specified intended life are those buildings where a designated time is recorded in the building consent before it is issued where the building will have an intended life for a set period. After this period the building owner must apply to the territorial authority to extend the life of the building or have the building altered, removed or demolished.

Certificate of acceptance is a means of compliance for building work which required building consent at the time of construction but was not constructed under a building consent. A certificate of acceptance can only be issued by a territorial authority for building work that they can inspect.

Certificate for Public Use is an approval from the territorial authority that building work, the subject of a current building consent, is safe for the public to use and occupy before the code compliance certificate is issued.

Change of use requires a consideration by the territorial authority on whether the building in question will comply as near as reasonably practicable, with the building code in all respects if the proposed building consent is granted.

Compliance schedule statement is issued with the code compliance certificate and the new or amended compliance schedule to cover the performance requirements of the specified systems for the first year of the new compliance schedule.

Engineering plan approval is issued by the territorial authority confirming their requirements for the drainage system covered by the proposed building consent which is intended to be incorporated once operative with the council effluent and stormwater disposal systems.

Exemptions from building consent are issued by a territorial authority for work which requires a building consent but in the opinion of the authority a building consent application is not required. Even though a building consent is not required in this instance all building work must still comply fully with the building code.

Extension of life relates to a building which has a defined life as stated in the original building consent and the building owner chooses to extend the life beyond the specified time frame. An application to extend the life is submitted to the territorial authority for consideration.

Licenced Building Practitioner owner builder exemption is to enable New Zealanders who are not qualified builders to building their own home. There are some limitations regarding this approval which are stated in the Building Act.

Swimming Pool fencing inspections are undertaken by the territorial authority once every three years to ensure the ongoing compliance of the pool fencing barriers.

A Project Information Memorandum is issued by a territorial authority containing all the information the authority has on its property files regarding an individual property which is the subject of a proposed building consent application.

All Resource Management Act decisions and responsibilities are the sole prerogative of the territorial authority when considering land and building proposals in their council area.

The proposed subdivision of a building is a development proposal where the decision making process is managed solely by the territorial authority.

Vehicle crossing approvals are managed by the local territorial authority or in the case of Auckland Council by Auckland Transport.

Page updated: 29 June 2021