Information about the Council being recognised as an accredited building consent authority (BCA) and what this means when we process and issue your building consent.

Christchurch City Council is recognised as an accredited building consent authority.

This recognises that International Accreditation New Zealand has assessed the Council in five key areas:

  • Competence and experience of staff 
  • Integrity and traceability of equipment and materials
  • Technical validity of methods
  • Validity and suitability of results
  • Compliance with appropriate management systems standards and found to be competent to carry out its services in a professional, reliable and efficient manner.


Assessment measures an organisation’s compliance with the Building (Accreditation of Building Consent Authorities) Regulations 2006(external link). (Amendment to these regulations came into effect 1 July 2017).

More information on BCA accreditation can be found on the MBIE Building Performance Group website(external link).