When a house has been repaired and the homeowner has concerns about the repair meeting the required standards under the Building Act what documentation should the homeowner expect to receive in the case of:
a) consented repairs
b) exempted repairs.
Asked: 29 June 2015
Christchurch City Council advises:
The City Council cannot comment on the relationship between the builder, insurer, PMO and the owner. The following is what is available on the Council file.
a) Consented repairs
All documentation associated with the building consent is available on the Council file. For work that has been completed this will include as a minimum the application, plans and specifications, correspondence, processing sheets, building consent, inspection records and code compliance certificate.
b) Exempted repairs
Most exempted repairs are carried out without any involvement of the Council so there will be no information on the Council file.
For work that has been specifically exempted by the Council, the file will include the application, plans and specifications, correspondence, processing sheets, and the final decision. As the Council does not carry out an inspection of this work there is unlikely to be a record of completion unless this has been voluntarily provided to us.
The information on how to request a property file can be found here.
From a general perspective, it would not be unreasonable for a homeowner to request a record of the work from whoever carried out or commissioned the work. This may include any plans and specifications, any statements (e.g. electrical certificates, engineers' statements, LBP record of work etc.), code compliance certificate if applicable, and any other documentation that gives an assurance of what work has actually taken place.
Ultimately it is the owner of the building that has responsibility for the building so they should ensure that they are fully informed about all of the work.