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Certificate for Public Use

What is a Certificate for Public Use? When do you need one - and how to you apply? Read on and we'll tell you!

What is a Certificate for Public Use?

A Certificate for Public Use (CPU) allows premises affected by building work to be used by the public.

The provision of the certificate does not relieve the owner from applying for a Code Compliance Certificate (CCC) when the building work is complete. The Building Act 2004 requires Council to process CPU applications (if not suspended for further information) within 20 working days. A CPU is issued with an expiry date, usually six months from the inspection date, if a CCC has not been issued before the CPU expires the building owner is required to apply for a new one and have a re-inspection.

CPU application forms are available from the Napier City Council Customer Service Centre, Dunvegan House, 215 Hastings Street, or can be downloaded here. Once complete please email your application and supporting documents to prior to booking your inspection.

When premises for public use can be occupied  

If your building is open to the public, whether for free or for a charge, the building cannot be used/occupied until a CCC is issued. This is because a public premise will generally have systems within the building that contribute to life safety and well-being of the building user (specified systems).

In certain circumstances, it may be possible to apply for a CPU, which will allow a building to be used before the CCC is issued. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Your application will be assessed and your premises inspected to ensure public safety during the building project. CPU applications will be charged based on the actual time spent processing the application and inspecting the premises.

What is a public premise? 

Any building which is open to the public whether for free or payment of a charge including:

  • Shopping malls
  • Cinemas
  • Marae
  • Camping grounds
  • Garages and workshops
  • Funeral homes
  • Office/retail complexes
  • Rest homes, etc.

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