Code Compliance Certificate​

The code compliance certificate confirms the work done complies with the building consent, and shows the work is legal, compliant and complete. You have two years to apply for a code compliance certificate once your building consent is granted. Council issues code compliance certificate based on the inspections undertaken during and at the end of construction. It’s only issued when Council is satisfied on reasonable grounds that your building work is completed and complies with the building consent, your final inspection has been passed, any specified systems for the building and capable of performing, and your code compliance certificate application and required documentation have been received and accepted.

This certificate came into effect on 1 July 1992. If your property was built before then, it won’t be eligible for a code compliance certificate. However, there should be inspection notes in the property file.

When you achieve compliance, it’s recorded in any land information memorandum (LIM) and building status report for your property.

Applying for a Code Compliance Certificate (CCC)

When all work under a consent is complete, contact the Building department to arrange a time for a final inspection. You must complete the Application for Code Compliance Certificate.

For building consents issued from 31 March 2005, projects should be completed within two years of the issuing of the building consent.

If the work has been carried out in accordance with your consent and in compliance with the Building Code, Council will issue a Code Compliance Certificate.

If the work does not comply, Council may issue a Notice to Fix identifying areas of non-compliance.

Manage documents

These quick tips will ensure you can easily submit your application.

  • Upload your documentation as you receive it, rather than upload it all at the end.
  • Only apply for your certificate when all documentation is uploaded and accepted.
  • Upload any critical documentation required before the final inspection e.g., ground check, building location certificate or approved on-site minor variations etc.
  • Building inspectors cannot accept code compliance certificate applications or documentation at the time of inspection. It is your responsibility to upload all required documentation to the online building consents system.
Code Compliance Certificate extensions

An application for a code compliance certificate must be made as soon as practicable after the completion of all consented building work.

However if you’re unable to start building within 12 months of a building consent being issued, or you are unable to finish work within 24 months of it being granted, you’ll need to apply for an extension of time.


Property owners benefit by ensuring work on their property has a Code Compliance Certificate in a number of situations:

  • selling your home
  • applying for loans or other financing
  • applying for insurance
  • safety and peace of mind