We issue building enforcement notices for illegal building work and other breaches to the Building Regulations 2006.
We do not issue building permits retrospectively after illegal work has been carried out.
A notice explains the reason it has been issued and requires the owner of the property, building or land to justify why (‘show cause’) they should not demolish the building work within the specified time frame.
By choosing to ‘show cause’, you are asking us to permit the illegal structure to:
You must inform the Municipal Building Surveyor because we may need to issue a building order before the demolition of the illegal work can proceed.
You will need to explain why the work was done without a building permit and provide evidence that the structure complies with the Building Act 1993 and the Building Regulations 2006.
We highly recommend that you seek independent advice from a registered Private Building Surveyor (PBS).
They can assess the illegal work and determine the level of rectification work required to achieve compliance.
For domestic buildings, appropriate evidence must include but is not limited to:
Your evidence should also include the names of the contractors who undertook the work and costs incurred.
The Private Building Surveyor will coordinate other building practitioners that may need to intervene in the preparation of documents, including:
You must submit all documentation to us for assessment and determination. You will need a building permit to carry out the correction work.
After considering your submission, we may decide that: