Code Compliance Certificate

A code compliance certificate is a formal statement issued under section 95 of the Building Act 2004, that building work carried out under a building consent complies with that building consent.

Building owners, occupiers or controllers need to ensure any building work affecting public premises has a code compliance certificate, certificate for public use or certificate of acceptance before the part of the premises affected by the building work is used by members of the public.

What the application must include

This application must be on Form 6 from the Building (Forms) Regulations 2004. It must include generic information as well as the following:

  • evidence of ownership (certificate of title, lease, sale and purchase agreement)
  • details of authority from the owner if an agent of an owner applies for the code compliance certificate
  • details of the people who undertook the work, including registration numbers if applicable.

The Building Act requires this form to be accompanied by certificates relating to any gas fitting or prescribed electrical work (energy work) that has been carried out.

The building consent authority has 20 working days in which to decide whether to issue the code compliance certificate, following either:

  • the application for a code compliance certificate
  • or expiration of the two year or agreed period since the date the building consent was granted (if no application has been made).

Within the 20 working days or agreed period, the building consent authority can reasonably request further information about the application for a code compliance certificate. If this is the case, then the time period is suspended until the building consent authority receives that information.