The main checks undertaken during the common types of building inspections carried out by Hurunui, Waimakariri, Christchurch, Selwyn and Ashburton Councils.
At the moment for those residential projects that involve restricted building work, we ask for your Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) number at various times throughout your construction project.
From 1 November 2022 we will be looking at collecting relevant LBP information at the time of inspection booking, so have your license number handy when you ring or book online. From this date onwards please be prepared and have your LBP card ready onsite so the building inspector carrying out your building inspection can confirm your LBP number/license.
Further information about the LBP Scheme is available in the LBP handbook(external link).
For more details of the specific inspections process in your area, select the relevant Council:
Further details are available in our guide to building inspections [PDF, 1.7 MB]. This information will be updated regularly when requirements change.
Each building site is unique and will have its own individual requirements so it’s important you read the documents and pay particular attention to any conditions listed on your building consent construction documentation and advice notes.
It is your responsibility to determine if a resource consent is required and, if so, that it has been applied for and approved before any work begins.
All consent documentation must be kept on-site at all times. To help identify your particular site, please ensure adequate signage is in place, especially in remote or rural locations.
Note: If an inbuilt heating unit is to be installed - we require a completed pre-installation inspection.
A final inspection is carried out when all other listed inspections have been completed and passed, and all details on approved building consent documentation have been completed.
Sometimes, other than the final inspection, there will be other inspections types (including onsite disposal field, heating unit and solar hot water system) which need to also be completed. Please ensure that this is identified when booking inspections so additional time can be allocated.
This is the last opportunity the Council has to inspect the completed building and it is, therefore, important that all aspects of the building work are completed.
In order for the Council to carry out this inspection, the building work must be completed to a standard where it can pass. A final inspection is not designed to provide a list of outstanding items for the contractor to complete.
Some of the following items are commonly identified as failed items at final inspection. These items should be checked by the contractor prior to booking the final inspection.