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Code compliance certificate

A code compliance certificate (CCC) 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 and the building code.

A code compliance certificate gives you and future owners an assurance that the building work was done to the appropriate standards, making it safe, healthy and durable.

How do I apply for a code compliance certificate (CCC)?

You must apply for a CCC when all the work is completed. A CCC is issued when we are satisfied the completed building work complies with the building consent and building code.

If the building has specified systems such as fire alarms, sprinklers and elevators that have been added, altered, or removed, a compliance schedule will be issued with the CCC. (Further information about compliance schedules can be found on the General information page).

Note: We can still process applications for CCC made under the Building Act 1991. We will process these applications and issue a CCC if satisfied on reasonable grounds that the building work complies with the building code which was in effect at the time the consent was issued.

As soon as practicable following the completion of building work and after all inspections have been completed, you must formally apply to the Dunedin City Council for a CCC. This must be made on the prescribed form (Application for Code Compliance Certificate). You can find a copy of the form and guidance on completing the form in the related information area. For your convenience, our site inspectors also have copies of the application form in their vehicles.

When you apply for a CCC you must attach, (if applicable) the supporting documents listed below:

  • Records of work (memoranda) from licensed building practitioner(s) for restricted building work they carried out or supervised.
  • Producer statements - PS4 (construction review).
  • Certificates relating to energy work (if nominated as part of the consent) e.g. gas and electrical certificates.
  • Evidence that specified systems are capable of performing to the performance standards set out in the building consent.
  • Any additional documentation requested during inspections.

Processing and issuing a code compliance certificate

Once the application has been received, we will assess the required documentation for completeness. Once accepted the clock starts and the statutory timeframe of 20-working days for processing your application begins. (Note the period between 20 December and 10 January every year is classified as "non-working days" under the Building Act 2004).

During processing the clock stops if we have to ask for more information. You will be notified in writing of the required information. The clock starts again on receipt of all the required information. The CCC will be issued once we are satisfied on reasonable grounds that the building work complies with the building consent and building code.

Any outstanding fees must be paid in full before a code compliance certificate (CCC) is issued. This includes the payment of development contributions if applicable and not yet paid. Further information about development contributions can be found on the General information page. Refer to the Building Services Charges Guide in the related information area.

If an application for a CCC has not been made within two years of the date that the building consent was granted, or any further period agreed, we must make a decision whether to issue or refuse to issue the CCC.

Code compliance certificates are issued to the person nominated on the CCC application form.

We monitor consents that do not have a CCC and letters are sent to owners reminding them of their obligations under the Building Act. If there is no response to the letters and an extension of time to complete the building work has not been applied for, DCC will refuse to issue the CCC on the basis that we have not been able to establish compliance with the building consent or building code.

If your CCC is refused, this does not necessarily restrict you from applying for a CCC at a later date. However, we will take into account factors such as durability of the material used when assessing any future applications. Additional administration and inspections charges may be incurred. If the CCC application is in excess of two years old, an application to amend some of the B2 durability provisions of the building code will also be required.

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