A Territorial Authority may, on application, issue a Certificate of Acceptance (COA) for building work already done, in certain circumstances. A COA may be required when:
- The owner, or the owner's predecessor in title, carried out building work for which a building consent was required, but a building consent was not obtained;
- A building consent could not practicably be obtained in advance because the building work had to be carried out urgently;
- The building consent authority that granted the building consent is unable or refuses to issue a code compliance certificate in relation to the building work, and no other building consent authority will agree to issue a code compliance certificate for the building work.
When you apply for your Certificate of Acceptance you may be required to supply supporting documentation such as energy work certificates, producer statements or installer declarations before the certificate can be issued.