The general requirements for a Building Consent for Commercial Premises are the same as for any Building Consent. However, if you are planning to do building work on industrial or commercial premises, you should read the information provided in our “Commercial Buildings” brochure as there are extra requirements that would not normally apply to a private building or dwelling.
Other useful information can be found on the Department of Building and Housing website.
It is an offence to permit the public use of any part of a building affected by building work before the Code Compliance Certificate or a Certificate for Public Use has been issued. An application for Certificate for Public Use must be accompanied by detail of the precautions that will be taken to protect the public using the building until Code Compliance Certificate is issued. This should include detail of any specified systems and means of escape from fire.
Property owners are responsible for the safety and sanitation of their buildings. Specified systems are features such as means of escape from fire, ventilation units etc which require ongoing monitoring and maintenance. Where a compliance schedule has been issued for a building, after the first year the owners must provide a Building Warrant of Fitness annually to confirm that the specified systems are in working order – this is a statutory declaration made by the building owner that requirements of the Compliance Schedule have been carried out for the preceding year. The Building Warrant of Fitness must be displayed in a public place in the building. An annual administration fee is charged for the processing of Warrants of Fitness.
A Compliance Schedule is an inventory of a building’s specified systems: it specifies the inspection, testing and maintenance procedures, and the frequency of testing required, and who should perform it. When you apply for a building consent, you will be asked to supply details of specified systems and features in the building, specific details of equipment location and details of proposed testing and maintenance procedures.
Once the systems have been installed and confirmed, your Compliance Schedule will be issued with the Code Compliance Certificate. A compliance schedule statement is also provided which details information about the building, the use of the building, the owner, and the building systems covered by the Compliance Schedule.
For the first year, you must display the Compliance Schedule Statement in a public place in the building. Every year after that you must issue and display a Building Warrant of Fitness
The Building Warrant of Fitness and any related Independent Qualified Person certificates must be forwarded to Council on an annual basis.
In addition to inspections by independently qualified persons, the owner is often required to perform inspections at regular intervals. Records of the following must be kept together for two years and produced when requested for audit purposes: