A certificate for public use is issued by the Council where it is satisfied the premises are safe for members of the public to use, before a code compliance certificate is issued. It specifically applies to ongoing construction work.
You must have a certificate for public use if the public are to have access to all or parts of the building (either during construction or on completion) before a code compliance certificate is issued. Anyone who owns, occupies or controls premises intended for public use may apply for a certificate for public use.
The four basic principles of a certificate for public use requirement are:
The Territorial Authority (Council) will undertake an assessment of a certificate for public use application to establish if the premises can be safely used by the public while affected by building work. The assessment may include but not limited to the following:
Often the use of premises is staged where one part of the premises is opened up for public use, while construction work progresses and further parts of the premises become ready to be occupied. This would require a further certificate for public use application to include these areas. Other changes to circumstances to how the premises are affected by building work may require an amended certificate for public use application depending on the extent of the change. You may wish to disclose this information in your initial application.
To apply, complete an Application for a certificate for public use [PDF, 98 KB] (Form 15 B-013) also available in Word [DOCX, 391 KB], then submit the application form, with supporting documents and the application fee.
An application can be submitted via the following methods:
Online: visit Online Services(external link). You will need to register to use Online Services. You can register at onlineservices.ccc.govt.nz.
Email: via CPUApplications@ccc.govt.nz
Post: (additional costs apply) post your application to us at Consenting & Compliance Group, PO Box 73013, Christchurch 8154
Drop off: (additional costs apply) deliver to Council office, 53 Hereford Street, Christchurch or any Council service desk
A completed application form shall be accompanied by:
Altogether the application must demonstrate how members of the public can use the premises safely.
How my application is processed
The Council has to decide whether to issue the certificate within 20 working days after an application has been received.
During processing of your application, the clock stops if we have to ask you for further information. Please respond quickly with accurate information. An onsite inspection to check for compliance will then be arranged between the applicant and a Council building inspection officer. Once compliance is confirmed, the inspection is passed and the clock will be started again.
The Council will issue a certificate for public use (Form 16) only if it is satisfied that members of the public can use the premises safely. The expiry date of a certificate for public use is at the Territorial Authority’s discretion. Certificates for public use do not relieve you, as owner of a building, from the obligation to apply for a code compliance certificate, after all the building work has been carried out.
Refer to the Building Consents Fee Schedule for further information.
Please note that where the cost to process a certificate for public use exceeds the scheduled fee then additional time will be charged at the relevant officer charge out rate.