What is a Certificate of Acceptance?
A certificate of
acceptance may be issued by the Council for work that required a
building consent, but has been carried out without that consent having
first been obtained.
It allows for certification of work that
has, for example, been carried out urgently because of safety issues and
where there has not been time to apply for and obtain a consent because
of that emergency.
Because the Council has a discretion under the Building Act
on whether or not to issue a certificate of acceptance, a
pre-application interview must be arranged with a General Inspector.
Before submitting an application, please phone the Council on (03) 311
8900 to make an appointment.
Applying for a Certificate of Acceptance
you apply for a certificate of acceptance you will need to provide
evidence (usually from a professional such as an engineer) of how the
work complies with the Building Code, including those parts of the work
that we cannot inspect. Your application can be for all or part of a
The standard Application for Certificate of Acceptance form must be filled in, and lodged with the application fee.
Other forms to fill in may be advised by your interviewing officer, depending on the nature of the work.
Note: Only building work undertaken after 1 July 1992 will be considered for a Certificate of Acceptance.
Acceptance of Application
If the Council is
prepared to accept the application, it will be necessary to lodge
detailed plans and specifications of the work just as you would for a
building consent application.
Additional Information Relating to Certificate of Acceptance
For more information, please refer to publications on the Department of Building and Housing website.