Building Inspections

The Building Unit is responsible for administering the Building Act. This involves checking that construction projects comply with the approved building consent documents.

The Council's helpful Inspection and Compliance Team is here to help you to get code compliance for your building project.

The Waimakariri District Council have worked alongside other Canterbury councils to provide a more unified approach when undertaking inspections throughout the region.

Take a look at our Let's Get It Right - Building Inspections Process guide below which covers the different types of building inspections.

You can also visit the website version of common types of residential inspections hosted by the Christchurch City Council website.

Let's Get it Right - Building Inspections Process
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Inspections cover a range of building and plumbing areas including:

  • Foundations, retaining walls and slabs
  • Plumbing and drainage (underfloor and foulwater stormwater)
  • Waterproofing on showers, decks, and roofs
  • Demolition
  • Building wrap, flashings and cladding
  • Exterior cladding/Half high
  • Preline
  • Sub floor framing
  • Postline - prestop
  • Prepour slab
  • Effluent Systems
  • Framing, including bracing and airseals
  • Solid fuel fireplaces
  • Swimming pool barriers
  • Final inspection

The inspections required for your building project are listed in the building consent documentation issued by the Council.

You must keep the approved building plans and specifications on site at time of the inspection so inspection officers can check against them.

Phone: 03 311 8906


Please give at least 2-3 full working day’s notice. PLEASE NOTE: it may not always be possible to carry out the inspection within the time frame you require.

You will need to provide  the team with the following information:

  • What is your consent number (or address)?
  • What type of inspection? (Refer to the inspection schedule and the order in which the inspections are listed in the consent documents)
  • Any amendments relevant to the inspection being booked must be approved by Council before the inspection can be accepted. (see page 36 of Let's Get it Right - Building Consent Process for guidance on amendments).
  • What day would you like the inspection?
  • Morning or afternoon?
  • Contact name and phone number of the person on site, and lock box (or gate) code.
  • If you wish to be called prior to an inspection, let this be known at time of booking.
  • Rural properties can be difficult to find – signs at the gate are helpful.
  • Tell us where the Consent documents will be located on site. It’s important to store Consent documents in a secure weather tight container.
  • Provide the inspector with dry, neat and legible plans. Not doing so will affect our ability to carry out the inspection and result in a failed inspection.
  • In some circumstances you may need to provide scaffolding, a ladder or scissor lift so difficult building elements can be inspected e.g. a chimney back flashing or roof gutter.
Code Compliance Certificate

A Code Compliance Certificate (CCC) is a formal statement from the Council ensuring that your building work complies with your building consent, as per Section 95 of the Building Act 2004.

Following a passed final inspection, a completed CCC application must be submitted to Council. This is a mandatory application for Council to be able to issue a Code Compliance Certificate.

Find out more about the CCC and how to apply.

Last reviewed date: 21 Dec 2023