The Westland District Council now processes all building consents online via an electronic system called AlphaOne.
A Building Consent is required for all new dwellings, alterations to existing dwellings, garages, sheds and other accessory buildings (farms sheds are included in Commercial/Industrial Building Consent Application). If you have any doubt as to whether a refurbishment or maintenance job requires a Building Consent, please contact the Council staff.
A Building Consent is required for all new commercial and industrial buildings, alterations to commercial and industrial buildings, farm buildings, alterations to existing farm buildings and cowsheds. The Building Act requires that where a “change of use” occurs to a commercial or industrial building then a building consent is required.
A Building Consent is required for installing new or second-hand appliances or replacing existing fire installations (eg: yunca, masport, wood, pellet, gas or multi-fuel). There are significant safety issues associated with the installation of fire places and it is essential that the manufacturers recommendations are followed.
Residential and small to medium sized apartment buildings are classed as Restricted Building Work and must be designed and constructed by Licensed Building Practitioners. LBP’s include Designers/Carpenters/Roofers/External Plasterers/Brick and Blocklayers/Foundation Specialists/Professional Engineers/Architects/Plumbers and Gasfitters.
Request for waiver or modification in respect of Compliance with Building Code Clause B2 Durability:
The form is required to be completed for a request for waiver or modification in respect of Compliance with Building Code Clause B2 Durability
A Building Consent is required for the installation of all on-site wastewater disposal systems. All applications require this form to be completed by a plumber/drainlayer/engineer for inclusion with the building consent application.
Building Consent Amendment application: (For Applications prior to AlphaOne)
At any stage during the construction of a building it is possible make any number of changes to the work. Such changes need to be approved and documented prior to the “change” being started.
Where a premises has an existing Compliance Schedule and a change needs to be made to the Schedule because of building work undertaken or changes to the way the building is used, it is likely that a change could be required to the Compliance Schedule.
Code Compliance Certificate application: (For Applications prior to AlphaOne)
You must apply for a Code Compliance Certificate on completion of building work. There are restrictions on the Council relating to the issue of Code Compliance Certificates and generally such a certificate cannot be issued after two years from the date of the Building Consent. Council staff will assist you with further explanation as to time frames and the importance of a Code Compliance Certificate.
Where work has been undertaken without a Building Consent having been uplifted and certification is required as to the apparent standard of the work, application can be made for a Certificate of Acceptance. It is likely that a Certificate of Acceptance would be associated with other legal proceedings relating to the unlawful building work. It may be necessary for you take legal advice.
Often a building that is to be used by the public will only be partially completed before being opened. A Code Compliance Certificate can not be issued until all the building work has been issued and so the Building Act requires a Certificate of Public Use to be issued for either the whole premises or part of the premises while waiting for the building work to be completed to Code Compliance Certificate standard.
To allow unfinished work of any Building Consent to continue beyond two years from the date that consent was granted, an application for an extension of time must be applied for. If no application is made then consent will expire and the Code Compliance Certificate will not be issued.
If no consented building work has commenced within 12 months of the date the consent was issued the building consent is to be lapsed in accordance with the Building Act. To allow a building consent to remain current for a further period of time an application to do so is necessary. Any further period allowed will be at the discretion of the building consent authority.
In accordance with Schedule 1 of the Building Act 2004, certain building works are exempt from the need to make an application for a Building Consent.
If an owner is unsure as to whether the proposed building work is covered by any Schedule 1 Exemption clause, an application requesting a decision from the Building Consent Authority can be made, by using this form.
The decision for any application which has been assessed will be recorded on the Territorial Authority property file and the information made available for inclusion in any property Land Information Memorandum.
Swimming Pool Legislation
On the 1st January 2017 the following legislation came into effect. The Building (Pools) Amendment Act 2016 replaced the Fencing and Swimming Pools Act 1987.
Key changes include:
- Residential swimming pools must be inspected every three years
- Safety covers will be able to be used as barriers for spa pools and hot tubs
- Territorial authorities will have better tools to enforce pool barrier requirements, including notices to fix and infringement notices.
- The Amendment Act created new Building Code clause F9. The Schedule to the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 is the current Acceptable Solution for restricting access to residential pools. Consultation on new Acceptable Solutions for clause F9 closed on 16 December 2016. MBIE is currently considering the feedback received for this consultation and intends to publish new Acceptable Solutions in April 2017.
- The Building (Pools) Regulations 2016 sets out the fees payable by independently qualified pool inspectors, and the certificate they will issue if a pool has compliant barriers.
- The Building (Pool Manufacturers and Retailers) notice in the New Zealand Gazette sets out the requirements for notices that manufacturers and retailers must supply with pools from 1 September 2017.
- You can read more about restricting access to residential pools on the Building Performance website.
For more information contact the Council.