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Building Warrant of Fitness (BWOF) and Compliance Schedules
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These services and information are specific to building within Hamilton. This includes applications used only by Hamilton City Council.

For more detail on processes and requirements for building, you can contact the Building Control Unit on (07) 838 6677 or visit Build Waikato which has detailed information on everything you need to know about building in the Waikato.

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All building work requires approval by us through a building consent. A building consent is confirmation that the proposed building, plumbing, drainage and safety requirements comply with the building code and Building Act 2004.

To apply for a consent or find out further information about the process visit the Build Waikato website.

We aim to process building consent applications within 20 working days and, while consent numbers are on the rise, we’re consistently making our target.

Building Consent Pre-Application Meetings

Hamilton City Council offers pre-application meetings where one of our Building Support Officers will go through your Building Consent application to ensure all the documentation is correct. Once the application has been accepted the 20 working day clock will start. You can make an appointment by contacting Hamilton City Council on (07) 838 6677.​

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If your work requires a building consent then it will need to be in​spected for compliance. This applies to building a new home, commercial building or for renovations, additions, alterations or demolition.  The required inspections for your project will be listed in the conditions of your approved building consent.

To book an inspection ring Hamilton City Council or visit the Build Waikato website for further details on preparing for an inspection.

Building inspections while under 'Red' of the COVID-19 Protection Framework.

Status: physical inspections available

The Call Centre is open and accepting bookings on 07 838 6699

Building inspections can be carried out only at sites that can demonstrate compliance with COVID-19 construction protocols. These protocols and requirements are set out on the CHASNZ website.

All our inspectors carrying out inspections onsite are fully vaccinated and will have their My Vaccine Pass available for verification.

Our inspectors will contact sites before inspection to confirm site protocol compliance.

Building Warrant of Fitness (BWOF) and Compliance Schedules

Information on a Building Warrant of Fitness (BWoF) Statements, Compliance Schedules, and Forms are available on the Build Waikato website  or contact building control.

Subscribe to our Building Newsletter

The Building newsletter is a great way to keep up-to date with what's happening in the building control unit at Council. It also provides a quick overview of any significant changes in legislation affecting the industry.

Building Guide

 Waikato - Bay of Plenty Building Guide - 2017 edition

How to work with the Building Code

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), as the over-arching regulator, aims to help deliver fit-for-purpose, performance-based building regulations that protects the public's safety and property, and helps lift the sector's performance.

Their building performance website includes helpful information on the requirements within the Building Code, tips on managing the building process and the homeowner's rights and obligations.

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