Premises affected by building work cannot be used by members of the public until the code compliance certificate is issued unless a certificate for public use has been issued.
If the public are to have access to all or parts of the building affected by building before the code compliance certificate is issued, you must have a certificate for public use. A person who owns, occupies or controls premises intended for public use may apply for a certificate for public use.
To be able to issue a certificate for public use Council must be satisfied on reasonable grounds that members of the public can use the premises safely.
The 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 - Form 15 B-013 [DOCX, 392 KB] (also available as a PDF [PDF, 721 KB]).
Then submit the application form, with supporting documents.
Visit Online Services(external link). You will need to register to use Online Services.
Post your application to us at Building Consenting, PO Box 73013, Christchurch 8154.
Deliver to Council office, 53 Hereford Street, Christchurch or any Council service desk.
A completed application form must be accompanied by:
Altogether the application must demonstrate how members of the public can use the premises safely.
The Council has to decide whether to issue the certificate within 20 working days after an application has been received.
During the processing of your application, the clock stops if we have to ask you for further information. Please respond quickly with the requested information.
The assessment will include an inspection of the premises by a Council building inspector to ensure all safety measures are in place. This will be arranged between the applicant and a Council building inspection officer.
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 Council's discretion.
Certificates for public use do not relieve you, as the 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.