A Territorial Authority may, on application, issue a Certificate of Acceptance (COA) for building work already done, in certain circumstances. A COA may be required when:
- The owner, or the owner's predecessor in title, carried out building work for which a building consent was required, but a building consent was not obtained;
- A building consent could not practicably be obtained in advance because the building work had to be carried out urgently;
- The building consent authority that granted the building consent is unable or refuses to issue a code compliance certificate in relation to the building work, and no other building consent authority will agree to issue a code compliance certificate for the building work.
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