The Building Act 2004, requires that a ” Certificate for Public Use” (CPU) or a “Code of Compliance Certificate” (CCC) be issued for a new, or remodelled, buildings before it may be occupied or re-occupied. These certificates are issued by the Local Territorial Authority.
A CPU enables the public to have access to areas of a building before a CCC is issued. This may be necessary to enable part of an existing building to be used while work is carried out elsewhere. A CPU also allows for staged completion where work continues in another area of the building. A CPU is not required for areas of a building that are not being altered and are not covered by the building consent.
When issuing a CPU the LTA is required to consider only the safety of the public. Safety of employees or workmen on site is an OSH issue. Even if a CPU has been issued the property owner must still obtain a CCC on completion of the building work.
Good planning is required by contractors, sub-contractors and architects to ensure that the necessary inspections by the LTA are carried out according to the building programme. Pre-inspections by LTA building inspectors prior to the anticipated completion date of a project can be helpful in highlighting any unexpected issues that may arise and prevent the timely issue of a CPU or CCC.
With careful planning by all parties delays can be avoided, but it is important that Boards of Trustees do not allow occupation or re-occupation by staff and students prior to the issue of either a CPU or a CCC by the LTA.
It is a Council requirement that buildings must not be occupied or re-occupied without one or other of these certificates. The school’s Project Manager is responsible for obtaining all Local Authority Compliance requirements.
If you are in doubt, please discuss the issue with your Property Co-ordinator, Sarita Smit.