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Approved forms

Certain provisions of the legislation require that particular applications, permits, compliance actions or other functions be provided in an Approved Form.

The Director of Building Control has published Approved Forms for use by

  • applicants
  • building or plumbing practitioners
  • local government

The majority of approved forms are for use by the council permit authority or by a building surveyor.  A full index of forms including version dates is available from the list below.

Obtaining Approved Forms

The Forms you require are generally provided by the relevant practitioner or permit authoirty, specifically you should talk to:

  • Your Local Council
  • Your Building Surveyor (only for certain functions, including Owner Builder Registration Applications)

The forms availble direct from us are listed below. 

Note: When making applications for permits, applicants should obtain the version of the form that is provided by their local council or building surveyor.

List of forms (including index)

Annual Maintenance Statement (PDF File, 140.5 KB) Form 56
This Statement is signed by the owner or occupier and displayed in a prominent position in the building, next to an occupancy permit.

Building Start Work Application (PDF File, 112.3 KB) Form 39
A combined start-work notification & authorisation for the builder or owner builder to provide to the relevant building surveyor

Building Work Certificate of Designer (PDF File, 132.3 KB) Form 35a
Given to a building surveyor. Used by the accredited practitioner responsible for designing all, or a part, of the building work.

Building Work Certificate of Specialist (PDF File, 113.2 KB) Form 55
Certificates are for an assessment of the designer’s work provided by third party experts, or for the advice of a specialist practitioner

Heating Appliance Compliance Certificate (PDF File, 110.8 KB) Form 54
Given by the installer to the permit authority after the installation of a solid fuel heater

Intention to Install Heating Appliance (PDF File, 110.7 KB) Form 53
Given by the installer to the permit authority prior to installing a solid fuel heating appliance such as a wood heater.

Notice to Adjoining Owner (PDF File, 113.2 KB) Form 6
Used where building work is to take place on or near a property boundary. The owner must notify their neighbour and reach an agreement.

Plumbing Start Work Application (PDF File, 128.2 KB) Form 60
A combined start-work notification and authorisation for a person to give to the permit authority.

Plumbing Work Certificate of Designer (PDF File, 132.5 KB) Form 35b
Given to the permit authority – plumbing. Used by the accredited practitioner or plumber responsible for designing all, or a part of the plumbing work.

Plumbing Work Certificate of Specialist (PDF File, 115.2 KB) Form 59
Certificates are for an assessment of the designer’s work provided by third party experts, or for the advice of a specialist practitioner.

Index of Approved Forms at 1 July 2014 (MS Word Document, 54.2 KB) 
Approved Forms are specified in the Building Act 2000, the Building Regulations 2014, and the Plumbing Regulations 2014 and are approved by the Director as templates for use in the administration of the Act

Other document formats available 

The above forms are also available in Word Format 


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