Building Inspections & Certifying Building Work

Inspections/Documentation Required during Construction Period

Each building consent is provided with an Inspection and Documentation Regime which outlines the inspections to be undertaken and documentation required to be provided.

The building advisor will visit the site for each inspection to check compliance with the Building Consent and approved plans and specifications. A check sheet will be completed for each inspection.

Typical inspections are:

  • Siting/Footings
  • Foundations
  • Pre Pour Slab/Sub Floor
  • Pre Roof
  • Pre Line
  • Final Building/Plumbing

Inspections need to be booked with the Council and, as the demand is heavy, the more notice provided the more likely it is that you will get the time required. Inspections can be booked by phoning Customer Services at the Council on 03 687 7200. When you book you will need to provide the Building Consent number, the name and contact number of the person booking the inspection, the type of inspection, the address of the project and the name of the owner of the property.

Any safety equipment required for the inspection such as scaffolding or ladders is expected to be provided on site at the time of inspection. A copy of the Building Consent and approved plans must be on site at all times. It is preferable that the owner or representative of the owner (ie builder, plumber etc.) is on site for each of the relevant inspections as applicable.

Any non-compliant work advised by the Building Advisor must be rectified before proceeding to the next stage of construction or you could be liable for enforcement action.

Please be aware that specific inspections may also be required to be undertaken by consultants, such as an engineer. These inspections are additional to those by Council.

The owner or agent will be notified of the pass or fail of the inspection by telephone, fax, post, email or in person but you can also check the outcome at any time by contacting Building Unit at the Council, Ph (03) 687 7200.

During Restricted Building Work (RBW) Construction

Section 87 of the Act states that before RBW commences under a building consent, the owner must give the Building Consent Authority written notice of the name of every Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) who:

  • is engaged to carry out, or supervise, the RBW under the building consent; and
  • was not stated in the application for the building consent.

Section 87 also states that after RBW commences, the owner must provide the Building Consent Authority with a written notice as soon as practicable if:

  • an Licensed Building Practitioner ceases to be engaged to carry out or supervise RBW, or
  • another Licensed Building Practitioner is engaged to carry out or supervise the RBW.

Section 88 provides that each Licensed Building Practitioner who carried out or supervises RBW must, on completion of that RBW:

  • provide the owner, and the council for the district in which the RBW is situated, with a Memorandum (Record of Building Work) stating what RBW the Licensed Building Practitioner carried out or supervised.

Amendments/Variations to Building Consent

Refer to the Amendments and Variations section.