Regulation 7(2)(e) – Planning, performing, and managing inspections

Last updated: 10 April 2017


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Regulation 7(2)(e) of the Building (Accreditation of Building Consent Authorities) Regulations 2006 (the Regulations) must be read in conjunction with regulations 5 and 6.

The policies and procedures required by regulation 7 must be written and/or electronic, and appropriate for purpose.

A building consent authority (BCA) must ensure that the policies, procedures and system required by regulation 7 are consistently and effectively implemented. BCAs must ensure they record the decisions they make under regulation 7, including the reasons for the decisions, as well as the outcomes.

Checklist for regulation 7(2)(e) outlines the minimum criteria for compliance with this sub-clause.

There are no legislative requirements for a BCA to undertake an inspection, and no timeframes within which they must be undertaken. Inspections may be undertaken to support a BCA making a decision about the code compliance of building work under section 94 of the Building Act 2004 (the Act). Regulation 7(2)(e) requires a BCA’s policies and procedures to cover how it plans, performs and manages the inspections it chooses to undertake.

A BCA’s process for inspecting building work must include:

  • a description of the standard inspection types undertaken by the BCA
  • a description of the building work to be assessed for each standard inspection type
  • how the building work may be inspected for each standard inspection type
  • how any inspections outside the standard inspection types are identified and delivered, eg strawbale construction, site meetings 
  • how inspections may be requested, received and recorded in the BCA
  • how inspections will be scheduled and allocated to competent employees or contractors
  • how the inspection is recorded, including the matters that must be recorded and may be recorded
  • how work that varies from the consent is dealt with
  • how work that does not comply with the Building Code is dealt with
  • how work that does not comply with the consent is dealt with
  • how the outcomes of inspections are communicated to an applicant and owner
  • how any outstanding matters arising from a consent are requested, received, recorded and communicated, eg PS4 from a chartered professional engineer.

You can read the following on the Legislation website:

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