The Building Division is responsible under the Building Act for the regulatory control of all building work (including plumbing) in the Invercargill and Bluff areas.

This is to ensure that substandard or inappropriate building materials or practices do not become a problem for building users, now or in the future. Among the division’s duties and responsibilities are processing and issuing building consents, building inspections and issuing code compliance certificates.


Building Consent Application Guide and related links

The Building Consent Application Guide (link below) contains important information about applying for a building consent from the Council. It covers the whole process, from the application stage, through to the Code Compliance Certificate phase. Links to the guide – and to related information:


The application process
The Building Act allows the Council’s Building Consents Authority up to 20 working days to either refuse or grant a building consent. When an application is received by the Council it is vetted for completeness and signed-off as “fit for the purpose of processing”.

The application is then entered into the Council’s system and the 20 working day statutory clock commences. If the Council requires more information during processing, the application is suspended (statutory time clock stops) until the requested information is provided. Once the information is provided the time clock is restarted and processing continues. It is important for applicants to provide full details (as per the Council’s checklists) with their applications.


Building safety and Warrants of Fitness

Owners’ responsibilities to ensure their buildings are safe to use: Guidance on building warrants of fitness and compliance schedules (November 2010).  The Department of Building and Housing guide outlines best practice on how building owners can meet the requirements of the Building Act 2004 relating to building WoFs, compliance schedules, and related matters. Standard template forms have also been developed with this guidance that comply with the requirements of the Building Act and Regulations.


More useful links


Building WOFs and IQPs: summary

Buildings with specified systems (alarms etc) installed have ongoing requirements through the Building Warrant of Fitness regime. These will be commercial buildings unless the specified system is a cable car installed in a dwelling. A Building Warrant of Fitness (Form 12) is a statement from the building owner confirming that the systems in the building have been checked and the inspection and maintenance required (stated in the compliance schedule) for the building has complied for the previous 12 months. After a new building is constructed or existing building altered, Council will issue building owners with a compliance schedule covering requirements for any specified systems in the building. The owner pays for an Independent Qualified Person to inspect and maintain the buildings specified systems.


Asbestos has been widely used in the construction of homes, as shown in the diagram below (click the image for a larger version).   For information about identifying asbestos, removal and disposal, visit this Wastenet/Orange Pages guide.

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Building Act

The Building Act 2004 fully came into force on March 31, 2005 and introduced a new framework for the regulation of building work. The 2004 Act repealed the Building Act 1991 and represented a major change for people working in the building industry. The 2004 Act aims to improve control of, and encourage better practices […]

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Building feedback

The Council’s Building Services team appreciates your feedback on all aspects of our work and the information we provide.

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Book an inspection

Use this online form to book a building inspection. Information is available about the process and types of inspections.

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