Building inspections

The building consent process is about ensuring safe and durable buildings.

26 September 2023 update:

The information below is updated at the beginning of the week and is accurate as of that time.

We are experiencing a high volume of inspection requests at the moment.

The current average timeframe to book an inspection is:

  • Residential: 15 working days
  • Commercial: 1 working day

What we're doing

We understand the impact of inspection delays and we are doing all we can to get these wait times down. We are enlisting the help of external contractors to carry out inspections on our behalf.

When your building work is inspected and a code compliance certificate is issued, you will have documented assurance that your building work complies with the building consent.

All building consents are conditional on being able to inspect the building work. At various stages during construction, you will need to arrange inspections to verify that the building work has been completed in accordance with building consent requirements.

Book a building inspection

How building work is inspected

The building consent process is about ensuring safe and durable buildings meet the requirements of the Building Act.

Guide to the common types of building inspections

The common types of building inspections carried out by Hurunui, Waimakariri, Christchurch, Selwyn and Ashburton Councils.

Building location certificates

Every building consent involving new structures needs confirmation of the location. The scope will vary depending on the complexity of work