Building Consent Authority Accreditation 

Queenstown Lakes District Council is an accredited Building Control Authority as well as being a Territorial Authority. The scope of these dual responsibilities is as follows:

Under the Building Act, a building consent authority: 

  • issues building consents, but not if a building consent is required to be subject to a waiver or modification of the building code; and
  • inspects building work for which it has granted a building consent; and
  • issues notices to fix; and
  • issues code compliance certificates; and
  • issues compliance schedules. 

Under the Building Act, a territorial authority: 

  • performs the functions of a building consent authority
  • issues project information memoranda; and
  • grants exemptions under clause 2 of Schedule 1; and
  • grants waivers and modifications of the building code; and
  • issues certificates of acceptance; and
  • issues and amends compliance schedules; and
  • administers annual building warrants of fitness; and
  • enforces the provisions relating to annual building warrants of fitness; and
  • decides the extent to which buildings must comply with the building code when
    • they are altered; or
    • their use is changed; or
    • their specified intended life changes; and
  • performs functions relating to dangerous, earthquake-prone, or insanitary buildings; and enforces duties or obligations under section 162C (residential pools must have means of restricting access); and


QLDC is audited periodically by International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) as part of the Building Consent Authority Accreditation program.

A copy of the latest Certificate of Accreditation can be found here.


Copies of the IANZ Audit reports are as follows: