Certificate of acceptance (CoA) for unconsented building work
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A CoA provides a limited assurance that we are satisfied, on reasonable grounds, that unconsented building work complies with the current New Zealand Building Code.
Eligibility for a CoA
You can apply for a CoA only if building work was constructed without a building consent from 1 July 1992 onwards, or in specific circumstances,
when a code compliance certificate (CCC) can't be issued.
A CoA may be issued for building works in the following circumstances:
when urgent work is carried out to protect life or health, or prevent serious damage to property, and it is not practical to obtain a building consent in advance
when a building consent authority (that is not a territorial authority or regional authority) or an
organisation accredited to the BCA regulations is unable or refuses to issue a code compliance certificate for work carried out under a building consent.
Before you apply for CoA
Before you apply for a COA, we recommend you apply for and attend a CoA pre-application meeting. This is not mandatory, but is recommended.
The purpose of the meeting is to determine whether:
a project information memorandum (PIM) is required (this document contains planning and building advice)
a building consent is required (note that some building work is exempt from requiring a building consent under Schedule 1 of the Building Act)
resource consent is required (all work must comply with The Unitary Plan. If resource consent is required then this must be obtained first)
- the building work is likely to obtain approval.
Request a CoA pre-application meeting
To request a CoA pre-application meeting, visit our
request pre-application guidance page.
When we confirm your CoA pre-application meeting, we may request additional information or documents. You should provide these at least three working days before the meeting.
Read fee table.
|Description|| Base fee (non-refundable, additional charges may apply)||Inspection deposit (portion of deposit charged for inspection)||Total|
|Project value up to $19,999 ||$1200||$170||$1370|
|Project value $20,000 and over||$2000||$170||$2170|
Apply for a CoA
You can apply for a CoA for all or part of a building, but you need to supply as much information as possible in relation to the work that has been done.
How we assess unauthorised building work
Read the information on how we assess unauthorised building work.
What you need to provide
Attach the applicable lodgement checklist with your application.
You may also need to provide evidence from a professional, to help us assess how the work complies with the current New Zealand Building Code, particularly for building work we cannot inspect, such as foundations.
If you have attended a pre-application meeting, you will need to submit the meeting minutes with your application.
How to apply for a CoA
We only accept online applications for this certificate. If you are unable to apply digitally, visit one of our service centres for assistance in making your online application.
Call us on 09 301 0101 to speak with our building and planning help desk if you have questions regarding your application.
What happens next
We can take up to 20 working days to assess your COA application.
We will let you know by email if your COA is approved or declined.
You should know
It is an offence to carry out building work for which you need a building consent before you get a building consent.
Any building work we cannot verify as complying with the building code will be listed on the certificate of acceptance as exclusions.
If you can't demonstrate compliance with the building code, we may refuse to issue a COA, and you may also need to remove the building work.
Issuing a COA for unauthorised building work does not limit us from taking further enforcement action.
|Certificates and compliance you may also need||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/building-consents/building-certificates-compliance||Certificates and compliance you may also need||A building consent alone is not enough to legally complete a project. You may need some of these related certificates or compliance checks.||aspx|
|Building legislation||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/Pages/building-legislation.aspx||Building legislation||Rules and standards laid out in the Building Act and Building Code are there for your safety, and the safety of others.||aspx|
|What is a consent and do I need one?||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/Pages/what-is-consent.aspx||What is a consent and do I need one?||Find out what a resource consent and a building consent are, and how to check if you need one.||aspx|
|Pay or dispute a building fine||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/compliance-building-fines/Pages/pay-your-building-fine.aspx||Pay or dispute a building fine||You can pay your building fine online, by post or in person.||aspx|
|Appeal a building consent decision||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/building-consents/Pages/appeal-building-consent-decision-determination.aspx||Appeal a building consent decision||If you want to appeal a building consent decision, you can apply for a determination through the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).||aspx|
|Building consent fees and charges||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/building-consents/Pages/building-control-fees.aspx||Building consent fees and charges||View fees and charges when applying for a building consent.||aspx|