Code Compliance Certificate
An owner must apply for a code compliance certificate (CCC) as soon as practicable after all consented building work is completed and in the prescribed form. The CCC means the building work complies with the approved plans and specifications, Building Act 2004 and the Building Code. A fee may be charged for issuing the CCC. See our fees and charges schedule for details.
Processing the application
An application for a CCC must be made as soon as practicable. The application should be made to either the building consent authority that granted the building consent for the building work; or if section 91(2) applies, to the building consent authority that is proposed will issue the CCC.
When you apply for a CCC you need to give names and contact details for all people involved in your project - e.g. builders, plumbers, and engineers.
If the project involved restricted building work, the licensed building practitioner must supply a Memorandum from Licensed Building Practitioner: Record of building work on completion of the work to both the owner and Council. This form can be downloaded from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Building and Housing Group website www.business.govt.nz/lbp.
You may also be required to supply supporting documentation. Your building consent advice notes will provide some guidance to what documentation will be required to accompany your application.
Some typical examples of this would be:
- Energy work certificates (gas and electrical) - these are mandatory in the Building Act 2004
- Producer statements (PS4s) from experts (engineers etc.) along with site observations
- Records of work from every LBP that has carried out work on your site (residential consents only)
- Producer statements construction (PS3s) and product warranties
- Plumbing and drainage producer statements, including pressure test
- As-built drainage plan
Your project determines what is required, and the inspector may also ask you to obtain additional paperwork during the inspections. The documentation has to be checked and verified before Council can accept it.
As with the Building Consent, the 20-day clock will be paused when we request any additional information and will be restarted once we receive all the requested information.
Once the application is accepted, we have 20 working days to decide whether to issue a code compliance certificate or refuse to issue. We must be satisfied on reasonable grounds, under section 94 of the Building Act 2004 that the building work will comply with the approved building consent.
We may be unable to issue the certificate if any of the required inspections have been missed or the required producer statements cannot be provided. Long delays between when the building work is completed and when the certificate is applied for can cause complications, delays, additional fees and other unnecessary expenses for home owners.
In some circumstances we may refuse to issue a Code Compliance Certificate, for example if we are unable to determine whether the building work has been completed in accordance with the Building Code or where you fail to supply the required documentation.
Without a Code Compliance Certificate you may experience difficulties insuring your property or selling it in the future.
If your Code Compliance Certificate is refused, you have a right of appeal against our decision by applying to the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment for a determination under section 177 of the Building Act 2004.
Code Compliance Certificate Application - Apply via online services page.
Certificate Public Use Application - Apply via online services page.