Building Inspections

This page contains information about Horowhenua District Council's Building Inspections.

At various stages during construction you will need to arrange for building officers to inspect what has been done in order to ensure that your building work complies with the conditions of the building consent and the Building Code. A list of required inspections will be included with your Building Consent. This may not be a full list of the required inspections (due to differing construction methods, etc). You need to book these as each stage of work is completed.

How to book an inspection

Inspections are available most days with at least 24 hours notice of inspection needs, and will be conducted generally between 8:00am and 4:00pm on an agreed appointment schedule. You can book an inspection by phoning our inspection booking service on (06) 366 0927. When you make your booking, you'll need to supply the following information:

  • your Building Consent number;
  • the site location/address;
  • the type of inspection required; and
  • the name and contact phone number of the person who will be on-site at the time of inspection.

All Building Consent documents and any approved amendments must also be on-site at the time of inspection.

Meeting the requirements of the Building Consent and Building Code

Re-inspections may be required if the inspector is not satisfied that the work meets the requirement of the Building Consent and the Building Code. These may incur additional charges if inspections exceed those estimated when you lodged your Building Consent application.

The work must be carried out in accordance with your approved Building Consent. If you wish to change some aspect of the project you must first obtain an amendment to the Building Consent before the work is carried out. It is very important that at the time of inspection the Building Consent documents accurately reflect what has actually been built.

If the work has not been done in accordance with the Building Consent, the inspector will fail the inspection and issue a copy of the inspection record stating what is required to be done.

If work complies with the Building Consent, the inspector will pass the inspection and issue a copy of the inspection record.

An application form to amend a Building Consent can be downloaded from our Applying for a Building Consent page.

Final Inspections

When all the planned work is completed and inspections are complete, book your final inspection. Make sure you have copies of all the documents that were supplied with your application. They must be on site at the time of your final inspection.