Appendix 1: General roles and responsibilities
Roles and responsibilities of a territorial/regional authority
A territorial/regional authority performs the following functions (including any functions that are incidental and related to, or consequential upon, these functions).
- Project information memoranda
- Building consents where the consent is subject to a waiver or modification of the Building Code
- Certificates of acceptance
- Compliance schedules and amending compliance schedules
Power to inspect and enter land
Sections 222 to 228 provide details of the powers of entry to undertake an inspection. A clear reason for any inspection must be provided to the owner/ occupier/builder.
The territorial/regional authority may choose to warrant enforcement officers to issue infringement notices under section 372 of the Building Act.
- Follows up and resolves notices to fix
- Administers annual building warrants of fitness
- Enforces the provisions relating to annual building warrants of fitness
- Decides the extent to which buildings must comply with the Building Code when they are altered, their use is changed, or their specified intended life changes
- Performs functions relating to dangerous, earthquake-prone or insanitary buildings
- Determines whether building work is exempt under Schedule 1 (paragraph k) of the Building Act from requiring a building consent
- Carries out any other functions and duties specified in the Building Act 2004. Administers dam safety regime
Roles and responsibilities of a building consent authority
A building consent authority performs the following functions:
- Issues building consents (except consents subject to a waiver or modification)
- Inspects building work for which it has granted a building consent
- Issues notices to fix
- Issues code compliance certificates
- Issues compliance schedules