Appendix 1: General roles and responsibilities


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 (PIM)
  • 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.


  • 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.

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