Guidance on applying for a certificate of acceptance with us, fees involved and what to do if your application has been refused.
To apply for a certificate of acceptance you will need the following:
Online: applying online will save you the cost of scanning fees, allow you to track your certificate of acceptance consent application and will reduce application processing time. Visit Online Services(external link) for further information.
Post: post your application to us at Compliance & Consenting Group, PO Box 73013, Christchurch 8154.
Drop off: deliver your application to the Council office at 53 Hereford Street, Christchurch.
Certificates of acceptance are more complex and time consuming than a building consent, and are usually significantly more expensive than the equivalent building consent.
On application you will need to pay:
Please note that the value of work that is submitted will be assessed to determine if is reasonable, and may impact on the fees that are payable.
Once the application has been processed and the Council is ready to issue or refuse the application, all of the costs associated with the application will be calculated and it is likely that a further invoice will need to be paid before the decision is released.
An application that is comprehensive, concise and clear will be faster for the Council to process. That means it will be considerably less expensive.
Applying for and obtaining a certificate of acceptance does not relieve you from any other penalties or actions that may apply for carrying out building work without building consent.
When the application is submitted it is briefly checked to see that adequate information has been supplied so it can be processed.
Council officers, or in some cases external consultants on behalf of the Council, will then carry out a desktop assessment, followed by an inspection of the work. We will consider all information that is available to us in order to decide whether we have reasonable grounds that the work complies with the building code.
A comprehensive report will then be written and a recommendation made.
At any stage during the process there may be communication with you to request clarifications or further information. The Council has 20 working days to process your application but the "clock" will be stopped until the Council receives all information requested.
The final decision will then be made on whether to issue or refuse to issue the certificate of acceptance, with the decision being released when all fees have been paid.
Your certificate may include:
Your certificate may be refused in the following circumstances:
The Council takes a reasonable approach in assessing an application, considering any inspections done by the Council and all other relevant evidence, including its knowledge of all circumstances surrounding the work and who undertook the work.
If you do not agree with the Council decision then you can apply to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment for a determination. View further information on the determination process (external link)on the MBIE website.