Building Inspections


All consented building work requires inspections to verify that the building work is being completed to the requirements of the consented design and the NZ Building Code .

Building inspections are a critical requirement for any build project so careful planning around the scheduling and preparation for these inspections needs to be made to avoid any unwanted delays.

The lead time for booking inspections can vary depending on the level of customer demand. Although we aim to have as short a booking lead-time as possible, we strongly recommend that you book your inspections at least 5 days in advance.


What Inspections are required?

When your Building Consent is issued it will contain a list of the predetermined inspections that are required for your project. A description of the types of building inspections that can be required can be found in IS SI Site Inspection Descriptions.

How to Book an Inspection:

To book a Building Inspections please call 03 450 0369 during office hours (8.00am - 5pm Monday to Friday) or utilise the below online booking form.

Please have your BC number and the LBP Number or Plumbing Registration Number for the person who has completed the work ready when you book.

A request can be made at the time of booking to receive a courtesy call on the day of the inspection to confirm expected arrival time on site.


Inspection Rules and Requirements

In order for the QLDC Building Inspection team to effectively manage their inspection caseload there are a number of rules and requirements:

  • You must have made a booking for a site inspection so that a specific inspection report can be setup into our tablet based inspection system.
  • It is very important that you request the correct inspection type
  • A copy of the stamped approved plans and specifications must be available on-site when the inspector arrives. If they are not, the inspection will be failed
  • A contact person must be nominated for each build project. They will be emailed a copy of the inspection report. The Inspection Contact Nomination form needs to be completed to formally nominate this person 
  • Work cannot proceed past each step until that step has been inspected and approved.
  • All failed inspections must be resolved before further building work relating to the failed result can continue. An agreement for conditional continuation of work can be agreed to for building work that is not related to or impacted by the failed result. No further inspections relevant to the failed area can be booked until the identified problems are resolved.
  • If non-compliant building work is identified then the inspector will fail the inspection. The inspector will require either a re-check inspection or will issue a Notice to Fix if warranted
  • Inspection bookings for some area of the district (e.g. Glenorchy, Makarora) are restricted to certain days of the week due to the long travel distances. We recommend you book well in advance for inspections for these areas.


Inspection Reports

QLDC Building Inspectors will identify themselves when on site and carry with them tablets and warrant card to formally confirm their identity. A record of the inspection is completed on site by the building officers using a tablet inspection system and a copy of the record can be emailed to a nominated person on site. This provides information on what was inspected and the outcome of that inspection. 

Download: AF  ICN Inspection Contact Nomination Form ( 89 KB) (NEW)

Producer Statements

In addition to inspection by QLDC, it may also be necessary, for external experts to conduct their own inspections, such as having structural elements checked by a chartered professional engineer, or specific product installations checked by manufacturers during their installation or application. Where this is the case, a producer statement (PS3 or PS4) will be required to be provided with an application for Code Compliance Certificate.

Additional inspections by other specialists as scheduled in the building consent documents may also be required. In this case general Producer Statements (PS3’s) may be accepted as verification of compliance with the Building Code. However failure to gain prior approval from Queenstown Lakes District Council for 3rd party inspections or provision of Producer Statements may result in Queenstown Lakes District Council not being able to issue the Code Compliance Certificate. You can check whether this approval has been provided through reviewing the Building Consent Conditions and Advice Notes.


Online Inspection Booking