In some circumstances, a Certificate of Acceptance can be issued for work carried out on a building without Building Consent. The application process and information on the projects which can and cannot be considered for a CoA are set out on this page.
A Certificate of Acceptance (CoA) provides verification for the owner of a building that part, or all, of specified building work complies with the Building Code.
A Certificate of Acceptance can be issued where:
A CoA can be issued only if the work complies with the Building Code at the time the CoA is applied for. It will list the work that the Council has inspected and may also list items (exclusions) that the Council has been unable to verify as complying with the Building Code.
Your application will need to provide evidence of how the work complies with the Building Code, including those parts of the work that Council cannot inspect. The application form is available in the 'related documents' section at the bottom of this page.
All applications need to include the following:
Submit the completed application forms by one of the following methods:
Once Council has received an application the project will be reviewed by building and planning staff. Further information may be requested by Council at this point. After the CoA has been reviewed an inspection will be arranged to verify compliance. If the inspection passes, a CoA may be issued for the entire structure or only the portion that meets the Building Code.
A CoA cannot be issued for building work identified as having been completed before 1 July, 1992. There is no process available through Council for acceptance or qualification of this work.
Where such building work is the subject of a building report for a sale and purchase agreement, you will need to obtain the services of a qualified person from the private sector to confirm the building work is safe and sound.
A deposit must accompany all applications for CoAs; see Council's Building Fees and Charges page. If extra costs are incurred during the processing of an application, these costs will be invoiced to the applicant and must be paid before the CoA can be issued.
Council must grant or refuse the application within 20 working days (not including weekends and public holidays) of receiving an application for a Certificate of Acceptance. If further information is requested the processing 'clock' stops and restarts once the information is received.
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