Building inspections are scheduled at critical stages of the construction process to ensure that the work being carried out onsite is in accordance with the approved building consent documents and that building regulations are being met.
A Code Compliance Certificate is issued at the end of the Building Consent process once the final inspection has been carried out, the required documentation has been received and all fees have been paid in full.
It is a ‘final sign-off’ certification showing that the work has been completed in accordance with the Building Code and your building consent.
The Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) scheme was introduced by the Government in November 2007 as part of the changes to the Building Act 2004. The aim of the scheme is to ensure certain building works are only completed by competent, licensed building practitioners.
From 1st March 2012 only LBP’s may carry out or supervise certain types of building work – known as “restricted building work” – on homes and small to medium sized apartments.
Restricted building work is work that is deemed to be critical to the integrity of the building, namely:
A Land Information Memorandum (LIM) is a document prepared by Council (at your request) and contains information relating to a specific property. It provides a summary of property information and any issues that may effect it.
If your building is open to the public, whether for free or by payment of a charge, you will need to observe some additional requirements and responsibilities to ensure the safety of people using the building.
The ‘public’ includes staff working in the building.
The Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 requiring swimming pools to be fenced was introduced to protect young children. Most drownings are among the children of pool owners and visitors, rather than wandering children, so a boundary fence is not enough. The immediate pool area needs to be fenced.
All spa pools, hot tubs and swimming pools in Hastings district must be registered. Many will also need a building consent in order to comply with the Building Act.
Pool fencing must be inspected every three years by Council and regularly checked to ensure it continues to comply.