When do I need an inspection?
During construction, you will need to arrange for Council building officers to inspect the work that has been done to ensure it complies with the approved consented documents and conditions of your building consent. Inspections cover a range of building and plumbing areas including:
|Foundations, retaining walls and slabs||
Plumbing and drainage (underfloor and
|Waterproofing on showers, decks, and roofs|
|Building wrap, flashings and cladding||Swimming Pool barriers|
Exterior cladding/Half high
|Sub floor framing||Postline - prestop||Demolition|
|Prepour slab||Effluent systems||Marquees|
|Framing, including bracing and airseals||Solid fuel fireplaces||Final inspection|
The inspections required for your project are listed in the building consent documentation issued by the Council. You must keep the stamped copy of your approved building consent on the construction site so inspection officers can check against it.
Building Inspection Guide
The Ashburton Disctrict Council have colaborated with other Councils in the south island to provide a more unified approach when undertaking residential inspections throughout the regions.
The following link will take you to the Christchurch City Councils website, where you will find an updated guide developed by representatives from Ashburton, Christchurch City, Hurunui, Selwyn and Waimakariri District Councils. The guide shows different residential inspection types and expands out to show the main aspects to be checked.
How do I request an inspection?
You can book an inspection:
- By phoning Council's Customer Services team on (03) 307 7700
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Appointment times available are Monday to Friday 9am – 12.00pm and 1.00pm – 3.00pm. Please book your inspection at least 2 working days in advance.
What information will I need?
Building consent number
Address of property where the building work is being done
Type of inspection required
Name and phone number of site contact person
LBP name and rego number if required
In the case of restricted building work, you need to advise the Council of the licensed building practitioners (LBP) who have been involved in the work. Failure to do this may mean the inspector is unable to carry out the inspection and you may still be charged.
For an inspection to take place the approved building consent
documentation is required to be on site. If the premises is occupied, it is
preferred that there be a representative on site at the time of inspection.
The inspector may refuse to visit or carry out an inspection if he deems
the site unsafe.
N.B: If we arrive on site and the documentation is not available we will
not undertake the inspection. We may however
bill you for our visit.
Notification of the inspection outcome will be sent to the primary contact.
What happens if I fail my inspection?
If any building or plumbing work does not match the approved building consent documents or meet building code performance standards the inspection will fail. You will need to rectify the non-compliant work and then request a booking for re-inspection. Continuation of some building work may be allowed by the inspector, if
sufficient evidence can be provided upon request. In cases of continuous non-compliance the Council may issue a Notice to Fix .
Code Compliance Certificate
A completed application for Code Compliance Certificate must be submitted to Council following a passed Final inspection. This is a mandatory application to enable Council to issue a Code Compliance Certificate. The CCC application form is issued with your approved building consent documents. You can also find this application form on our applications page.