Registering to become a BCA

Last updated: 10 April 2017

Design plans

This section of the website includes information about how to apply to become a registered building consent authority, and details on the registration requirements, which are particularly important for private organisations. It sets out the fees that must be paid when applying for registration.

Registration requirements

Section 191 of the Building Act 2004 (the Act) enables the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to enter an organisation’s name on the Building Consent Authorities (BCAs) Register if the criteria for registration are met. Section 192 of the Act and the Building (Registration of Building Consent Authorities) Regulations 2007 (the registration Regulations) set out the criteria, which include that the applicant must (where required):

  • hold a Certificate of Accreditation from the accreditation body
  • be a fit and proper person
  • be a New Zealand citizen, resident or incorporated body
  • pay the prescribed registration fee.

An applicant that is a private organisation or person must be fit and proper person. This means that they must:

  • be of good character and have integrity
  • be able to maintain impartiality and independence in the delivery of building control functions
  • conduct themselves professionally
  • demonstrate an ability to conduct business in a responsible and ethical manner.

Additional requirements for private organisations or persons

The supporting information that must be supplied with an initial application for registration by a private organisation or person is intended to enable MBIE’s Chief Executive to make a decision about whether an applicant is a fit and proper person.

Adequate means to cover any civil liabilities

Section 192 of the Act provides that an applicant that is a private organisation or person must also have adequate means to cover any civil liabilities that may arise in performing consenting functions.

Any further information considered necessary

The MBIE Chief Executive may also request that an applicant that is a private organisation or person provides any further information that he or she considers necessary for the purposes of assessing whether the applicant has met the registration criteria. For example, the Chief Executive may request the applicant to submit to formal suitability checks, including police and occupational licensing checks of any members of management.

Building Consent Authorities Register

The following are available on the Legislation website: 

Applications for registration

Applications to register as a BCA must be made to MBIE, and addressed to:

Manager, Building System Assurance
Building System Performance
Buildings, Resources and Markets
PO Box 1473, Wellington

The applicant must be confident of meeting all the registration requirements, and applications must include all available information requested in the application form.


The declaration on the application form must be completed by a person who has legal authority to sign on behalf of the applicant. This person should generally be the BCA’s authorised representative for the purposes of the scheme. They may be the person within the organisation delegated to make an application for accreditation. When the applicant has compiled the required information, they must take it to a Justice of the Peace, a solicitor or the Registrar or Deputy Registrar of the Court to be witnessed.

Copies of any document provided by a private organisation or person must be verified as true copies by a Justice of the Peace, a solicitor or Registrar or Deputy Registrar of the Court. This can be done at the same time the required statutory declaration on the application form is completed.

Fees for registration

The registration Regulations set out the fees for accreditation applications. A fee of NZD$6,250 must accompany an application, unless the applicant is a territorial or a regional authority, in which case no fee is required.

The fee is payable by a private organisation to cover the cost of MBIE’s Chief Executive determining whether it has adequate means to cover any civil liabilities that may arise in performing consenting functions.

This information is published by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Chief Executive. It is a general guide only and, if used, does not relieve any person of the obligation to consider any matter to which the information relates according to the circumstances of the particular case. Expert advice may be required in specific circumstances. Where this information relates to assisting people: