How we review your change of use notification
When we review your change of use notification, we apply a risk-based approach, particularly where public health and safety may be affected.
We will need to be satisfied that the building, in its new use, complies as near as reasonably practicable with the provisions of the Building Code that relate to:
- means of escape from fire
- protection of other property
- sanitary facilities
- structural performance
- fire-rating performance
- access and facilities for people with disabilities.
If the change involves the incorporation of one or more household units that did not exist before, then the building must comply with the Building Code as near as reasonably practicable.
The risk factors we consider include:
- the nature and types of risk that can occur and any resulting consequences
- how to mitigate the risk
- the likelihood of risk (domestic use versus commercial use)
- the timeframes (temporary or permanent, likelihood of the temporary use becoming permanent)
- the level of risk the proposed use may cause
- the level at which risk becomes acceptable or tolerable
- the building size
- the building complexity
- the location of the building in relation to other buildings and public places
- how often members of the public visit the building
- disruption to business operations and occupants during the upgrade
- any other relevant matters.
We will notify you in writing of the outcome of our review.
When you will need a building consent
If we find that you need to do work to comply with the Building Code as near as reasonably practicable, you will need to apply for a building consent.