New Auckland Council Requirements for Specified Systems

The Auckland Council is taking steps to adhere with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Compliance Schedule requirement to state performance standards for the specified systems that are required by the building code when issuing a building consent.

We first noticed these requirements come into play in early 2019. It became a common question when applying for a Code Compliance Certificate (CCC) to be asked by the Auckland Council in a Request for Information (RFI), to confirm the specific Performance Standard for each specified system that is either new or altered as part of the project works and that has the potential to create numerous issues and delays during the final stages of a project.

More recently the Auckland Council has adapted their process to request this information during the Building Consent (or Amendment) Application review process. The specific Performance Standard and Inspection, Maintenance & Reporting procedures need to be populated on a separate form which negates the last hurdle programme constraint but may cause complications if some of your specified systems are Design + Build by a yet to be procured sub-contractor.

Greenstone implements a process to provide this information as part of the Building Consent process upfront – even when the Council doesn’t directly ask for it – as they will most likely ask whilst trying to achieve Code Compliance which can cause some serious delays in completion.

See the latest “Guidance on Performance Standards for Specified Systems” (AC1831) guidance document for further details via the following link:

https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/Documents/ac1831-guidance-on-performance-standards.pdf