Gone are the days when two A3 sheets of hand drawings could get you a building consent. Local councils, driven by the Department of Building & Housing now require comprehensive documentation even for what may be a very simple construction job.
The building inspectors at DCC Building Control work off check sheets when processing a consent application, if they can't tick all the necessary boxes they will suspend the consent, request further information and ‘stop the clock’ until all queries are answered. This can be a long and frustrating process. We have a good working relationship with the DCC and work through most of these issues without long delays.
Any alterations to an existing commercial building will require that building to be brought up to code in regard to means of escape from fire and access & facilities for persons with disabilities. In older buildings which have been identified as earthquake prone, alterations can trigger the need for structural strengthening, we can arrange any structural engineering that may be required.