What is a Certificate for Public Use? When do you need one - and how to you apply? Read on and we'll tell you!
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 Certificate for Public Use 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.
Certificate for Public Use application forms are available from the Napier City Council Customer Service Centre, Dunvegan House, 215 Hastings Street, or on our website. Once complete please email your application and supporting documents to email@example.com prior to booking your inspection.
If your building is open to the public, whether for free or for a charge, the building cannot be used / occupied until a code compliance certificate is issued. This is because public premises will generally have systems within the building which contribute to life safety and well-being of the building user. (These systems are called specified systems).
In certain circumstances it may be possible to apply for a certificate for public use, which will allow a building to be used before the code compliance certificate is issued. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The Application for Certificate for Public Use (77 KB) can be downloaded from the NCC website.
Your application will be assessed and your premises inspected to ensure public safety during the building project. Certificate for Public Use applications will be charged based on the actual time spent processing the application and inspecting the premises.
Any building which is open to the public whether for free or payment of a charge including:
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