Building Consent Authorities

Building Consent Authorities

From 31 March 2009, only registered Building Consent Authorities (BCAs) have been permitted to perform building consenting and certifying functions in terms of the Building Act 2004. The Act provides for Territorial Authorities and private organisations to apply for registration as a BCA. Territorial Authorities also need to be registered as a BCA to carry out building control work on dams.

Accreditation Criteria

The Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has published regulations and criteria for accrediting Building Consent Authorities. IANZ is currently contracted by MBIE to undertake the assessments of Building Consent Authorities against these criteria for registration by MBIE.

The regulations require Building Consent Authorities to have appropriate policies, systems and procedures in writing that record how it ensures that it implements effective policies, procedures and systems.  They also require BCAs to record the key decisions it makes, the reasons for them, and the outcomes and actions of those decisions.

Accreditation Criteria

General

To clarify the process for, and requirements of, accreditation of BCAs, IANZ has published the Procedures and Conditions of Building Consent Authority Accreditation.  This document explains the process for gaining and maintaining accreditation.


 

Websites

The MBIE website provides valuable information for the general public and for BCAs.

To assist applicants, MBIE has provided on its website the “Detailed regulatory guidance on the BCA Accreditation Scheme”.

BRANZ Find (formerly known as the Industry Source Resource) provides materials over a broad range of building and construction topics. It contains links to a range of articles, study reports, online tools, guidelines, Codes of Practice, technical guidance, Building Code clauses, Standards, and legislation.