A Certificate of Acceptance may be issued by Council for building work that did not have building consent if, on reasonable grounds, the aforementioned building work complies with the current New Zealand Building Code.

Issuing a Certificate of Acceptance

A Certificate of Acceptance (CoA) can usually be issued for work done after 1 July 1992.

There are two situations where a CoA would be issued, these are work done under urgency/emergency situation and work that has been carried out without a building consent when it was reasonable to do so. For further details on each situation see below.

Work done under urgency/emergency situation

This is work which needs to be undertaken to protect lives or property from danger and the time it takes to obtain a building consent would be unreasonable and increase the length of exposure to the risk. Section 41 of the Building Act 2004.