Planning professionals and developers

Auditing building rules and development plan assessments

  • An audit is required for building rules consents granted by local councils and private certifiers (from 1 July 2012).
  • An audit is also required for residential code development plan consents (from 1 July 2013).

The audits are to ascertain that assessment processes related to building rules consents and residential code development plan consents are carried out as required by legislation.

The audits are performed by an independent auditor nominated by the minister responsible for planning. Councils and private certifiers are contacted by the auditor advising of the audit and to agree on the timing.

Audit process

The audit approach is risk-based and focuses on the risk areas related to the assessment process.

This fact sheet - (349.9 KB PDF) provides more details about the auditing process. A pilot audit of the building rules assessment process was undertaken in 2012-13 involving eight councils and private certifiers.

This summary of findings - (699.8 KB PDF) describes the issues identified and provides suggestions for councils and private certifiers for managing key risks in the building rules assessment process.

The audit process, explanation of the relevant provisions in the legislation and what councils and private certifiers can expect in an audit are introduced in this video (link to YouTube). The presentation is also available:

The Minister's Guide to Auditing for Building Surveyors - (430.7 KB PDF) clarifies the purpose of the audit, the audit process, the conduct of technical checks, potential outcomes and other information associated with an audit.

Related information

On this site

Residential code
Development applications


Sections 56B and 56C of the Development Act 1993
Regulations 103A and 103AB of the Development Regulations 2008

For an alternative version of a document on this page contact Building policy services.

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