Commercial and public buildings have special requirements under the Building Act, to make sure that they're accessible to people with disabilities, and to keep people safe in case of fire or other emergencies.
For commercial projects over $50,000 and/or a change of use, a pre-application meeting is recommented a minimum of three weeks before the submission of the building consent.
At this meeting building officers will identify issues such as access, fire, and other areas which you may need to talk to further to Council staff before you submit the consent.
At the pre-application meeting a building officer will check that you have the necessary information to submit your application.
What you should bring:
When you apply for a building consent for a new (or existing) building with specified systems, you will need to provide information with your application to enable the council to compile (or amend) the compliance schedule.
The council will require details of the design features of the specified systems and proposed procedures for inspection, maintenance and reporting so they can be included in the compliance schedule. This will also include the performance standard a specified system is intended to meet, and to continue to meet, for the life of the building. For example, a fire alarm system may be required to meet New Zealand Standard 4512:2003.
It is important to provide a sufficient level of detail for each specified system. This information is often, although not always, attached to fire reports and if it’s not provided a request for further information will be generated. To avoid processing delays, please make sure the information referenced above is provided in the application documentation. We recommend these are provided in the Reports (SD) File when uploading to the AlphaOne Portal. An example of the level of Specified System detail required is below.
When an alteration to a building is proposed, Section 112 of the Building Act 2004 has to be considered.
This section of the Act requires a Building Consent Authority (Tasman District Council) to be satisfied that after the alterations the building will comply, as nearly as is reasonably practicable, with the provisions of the building code that relate to:
For Council to be satisfied that consideration of Section 112 has been undertaken, it requires an evaluation to decide that the extent of the proposed upgrade will be effective.
The evaluation should contain:
The building code clauses that the evaluation should consider:
The evaluation should also look at the benefits and sacrifices so Council can consider what is ‘reasonably practicable.’
Please complete the Building score sheet on page 11 of the guidance document and submit this with your building consent application.
When the use of a building changes, Section 115 of the Building Act 2004 has to be considered.
To determine if the building is a change of use, see Sections 5, 6 and Schedule 2 of Building Regulations 2005 (Specified Systems, Change the Use, and Earthquake-prone Buildings) for use of all or parts of the building. If part of the building changes use then the building needs to be considered under Section 115. Section 115 is in the Act to ensure the current building stock is being upgraded toward the current provisions of the building code.
An owner of a building must not change the use of the building:
For the Council Building Consent Authority to be satisfied consideration of Section 115 has been undertaken we require an evaluation to decide that the extent of the proposed upgrade will be effective. The evaluation should contain:
The evaluation should also look at the benefits and sacrifices so we can consider what is ‘reasonably practicable’.
Note that since 2012 some consents require referral to Fire and Emergency New Zealand.
If you want to subdivide an existing commercial building, you must consider Section 116a of the Building Act 2004.
As a Territorial Authority, Council must not issue a certificate unless we are satisfied that the building will comply, as nearly as is reasonably practicable, with every provision of the Building Code that relates to:
The building must also continue to comply with the other provisions of the Building Code to at least the same extent as before the subdivision application was made. This often requires a building consent application to undertake any necessary work to upgrade a building.
Where a building with a specified intended life is issued with a building consent that is subject to the condition that the building be altered before the end of its life, an 'extension of life' can be obtained.
An owner of a building must give written notice to the council if it proposes extending the life of a building.