Your building consent will include a Schedule of Specified Inspections. There are a range of inspections undertaken during the course of construction. Inspections are project specific and identified/agreed during the processing of your building consent.
Additional inspections may be necessary, depending on the nature of the building work and the manner of construction, or as a result of non-complying or incomplete work.
Please note: ensure you have a clear timeline for your building work and book inspections in advance to avoid delays onsite.
The following is a list of items inspected at each inspection. Other requirements may need to be met.
201 - Pre Pour Foundation
- Location of the structure in relation to the property boundaries is clearly identifiable (demonstrated by a boundary peg location, or surveyor's building location certificate).
- Foundation excavation and soil bearing capacity.
- When all footings are excavated, required formwork is completed and reinforcement is in place.
- Services into the building have been suitably placed.
- For timber floors, adequate ventilation is provided to the subfloor space and meets the minimum distance to the ground.
- When holes are excavated prior to pile installation, all pile holes are to be the correct depth, clean and free of water.
202 - Sub Floor Drainage
- Where pipework has been installed under the floor slab it should be inspected before it is covered by hard fill and Damp Proof Membrane (DPM).
203 - Pre Pour Floor
- When all plumbing and drainage pipes have been installed (and are under water test for AS 3500 only).
- DPM is placed with all laps and penetrations sealed, reinforcing is in position with chairs, as appropriate.
- Additional steel is in place for slab thickenings and corner bars.
204 - Subfloor
- Check subfloor connections, joist sizing and required blocking.
- Check suspended plumbing pipe work has been completed.
- Relocated dwellings require a subfloor inspection prior to the base boards being fitted.
- Subfloor insulation is in place.
- Adequate subfloor ventilation is provided.
205 - Pre Line including plumbing
- The building must be weathertight.
- All structural components (including bracing and brace fixings) completed and wall insulation in place.
- All internal plumbing is complete and plumbing pipe work is under pressure test.
- Moisture content is checked. Location of electrical fittings checked.
- Structural fixings will likely be rechecked from inspection 217. Metal angles fitted to tile shower corners.
207 - Fire Resistant Lining
- Inspection should be conducted before plaster stopping or installation of skirting or scotia.
- Building elements are constructed in ways that stop the spread of smoke/heat/fire.
- All fire and smoke elements and linings are complete and correctly fixed.
- Fire resistant filler and sealant is in place.
- Suitable fire resistant electrical fittings and fire collars are in place for penetration through fire walls.
208 - Drainage
- When all drainage work is completed outside the building footprint and is under test, but before backfilling occurs.
- As build drainage plan has been completed (this will remain onsite until the final inspection is undertaken) the Council requires the as built drainage plan as part of the information requested for code compliance.
209 - Pre Stopping (still required for multi-residential and commercial buildings)
- Inspection should be conducted before plaster stopping or installation of skirting or scotia.
- Bracing element(s), wet line noise, smoke line and fire linings correctly fixed per design and manufacturer instructions.
210 - Commercial - Final
- Where the building project is complete a full inspection will need to take place.
- Must include installation of smoke alarms and compliance schedule items for commercial properties.
- Required paper work is available, including but not limited to, an application for code compliance certificate Form 6 (B-011) [PDF, 292 KB], construction statements, energy work certificates, as built drawings information identified in the construction documentation and advice notes.
210 - Residential - Final
- Where the building project is complete.
- Must include installation of smoke alarms for residential properties.
- Required paper work is available, including but not limited to, an application for code compliance certificate Form 6 (B-011) [PDF, 292 KB], construction statements, energy work certificates, as built drawings and records of work. As built drawings and information identified in the construction documentation and advice notes.
211 - Half High Brick
- Brick work is completed to half way up between the foundation and soffit. All associated flashings around the windows, doors and openings should be in place. Cavity width is correct and cavity is clear of all debris. Brick ties correctly spaced and clean. All penetration through the building wrap must be sealed.
212 - Retaining Wall Drainage
- The installation of the water proofing membrane system (including the protection of the water proofing membrane) and sub-soil drainage system prior to the backing of the retaining wall with free draining fill. Filter cloth is in place to protect retaining wall drainage.
213 - Flashings
- All associated flashings around the windows, doors and openings should be in place.
- Primary flashings: flashings in place on the exterior of the building.
- Secondary flashings: back flashings and flashing tape in place around the wraps.
- Lintel bars may also be in place at this inspection.
214 - Monolithic Cladding
- After the post-wrap inspection and when the substrate/reinforcing, flashings and control joints are in place.
215 - Building and Sill Wrap or Cavity Batten
- When building wrap fixed in place and sill/flashing tape is complete at openings.
- Wrap is trimmed to avoid hanging below the cladding system.
- Wrap adequately fixed in placed and strapped to prevent bulging into cavity.
- Cavity cladding systems - cavity battens, cavity closers and associated flashings are in place. This can be done at the same time as the building wrap and/or flashing inspections.
216 - Pre Tile Tanking
- Wet area membrane: When all outlets have been installed and the water proofing membrane is in place, ensuring reinforced corners are fitted.
- Roofs and decks: When the substrate for the water proofing membrane is complete with all outlets installed. Substrate is prepared to a standard suitable for placement of the membrane.
217 - Pre Roof
- When all roof trusses, purlins and wall framing, including any exterior sheet bracing and brace fixings are complete.
- All fixings including purlin, truss to top plate, top plate to stud and stud to bottom plate are checked but before roof cladding and building wrap have been installed.
220 - Concrete Construction
- Generally carried out under engineer's control. The inspector will also check steel placement and configuration of proposed concrete work. A Producer Statement - Construction Review (PS4) will be required before a code compliance certificate can be issued. Check Building Construction Documentation and Advice notes.
221 - Block Work Construction
- Block work is completed, reinforcing in place. Wash-out/clean-outs open to allow inspection of reinforcing.
- May be under engineer's control. A Producer Statement - Construction Review (PS4) [DOC, 150 KB] may be required. Check Building Construction Documentation and Advice notes.
222 - Steel Construction
- Generally carried out under engineer's control. A Producer Statement - Construction Review (PS4) [DOC, 150 KB] will be required before a code compliance certificate can be issued. Check Building Construction Documentation and Advice notes.
- Inspector will check steel placement, connections and load points.
225 - Shelf Angles
- All flashings, shelf angles, slip joints and associated fixings to be inspected prior to laying of the brick veneer. Generally carried out for two-storey buildings or specific design brick work.
- Includes lintels over windows and doors.
227 - Notice to Fix Inspection
- Confirmation on whether or not the contraventions recorded in the Notice to Fix (Form 13) have been rectified. If specified, building work must cease until the Notice to Fix has been lifted.
232 - Solid or Liquid Fuel Heater - Final
238 - Audit Inspection
- Where multiple inspections are required, the audit inspection may be used for non-specific inspection types. The audit inspection may also be used to inspect old work, problematic jobs or to confirm a previous inspection.
239 - Certificate for Public Use
- Generally for commercial buildings.
- The inspector will check that members of the public can use the premises safely.
241 - 11 Month Inspection
- Building consents are valid for 12 months from the date of issue. Work must have commenced within the 12 months or the building consent shall lapse.
- This inspection is carried out to assess if building work has commenced.
Residential building inspection guidelines
Check out the guides below which tell you the documents you will need for residential building inspections and other advice for a successful inspection.
- Residential Inspection Guidelines [PDF, 5.1 MB] (B-306)
- 201 Pre-Pour Foundation [PDF, 434 KB]
- 201 Pre-Pour Foundation and 203 Pre-Pour Floor [PDF, 437 KB]
- 205 Pre-Line including Plumbing [PDF, 439 KB]
- 209 Pre-Stopping [PDF, 434 KB]
- 210 Final Inspection [PDF, 455 KB]
- 211 Half-High Brick [PDF, 435 KB]
- 213 Flashings [PDF, 470 KB]
- 214 Monolithic Cladding [PDF, 4.9 MB]
- 215 Building and Sill Wrap or Cavity Batten [PDF, 436 KB]
- 216 Pre-Tile Tanking [PDF, 4.9 MB]
- 217 Pre-Roof [PDF, 4.9 MB]
- 232 Final - Solid/Liquid Fuel Heater [PDF, 435 KB].
Inspections by other parties
Sometimes it is necessary for specialists to conduct inspections in addition to or in lieu of the inspections carried out by the Council. If a specialist inspection is necessary, you will usually be advised before the consent is issued.
Typically these types of inspections may involve having a Geotechnical Engineer confirm ground stability or having an aspect of specific structural design checked by a registered engineer. Please ensure you read the inspection requirements and are familiar with them before commencing work.
How to I change or cancel my booking?
If you wish to change or cancel your inspection, please call our Bookings Team on (03) 941 8222 . Cancellations must be made by 4pm the working day prior to your inspection taking place. All cancellations made on the day are now charged for.