Accessibility Reports

Escape from fires

Access and facilities for persons with disabilities

Compliance with the Building Act

When altering an existing building, the New Zealand Building Act requires that the Building Consent Authority is satisfied that, after the alteration, the building will comply as nearly as is reasonably practicable with the provisions of the Building Code that relate to the following:

  1. Means of Escape from Fire.
  2. Access and facilities for persons with disabilities.

All other provisions of the Building Code only need to comply to the same extent as before the alteration.

At Covekinloch New Zealand we specialise in both means of escape from fire and access and facilities for persons with disabilities

Accessibility issues are complex particularly with existing buildings and compliance will be required to obtain a building consent. We are now increasingly seeing the use of “Accessibility Reports” accompanying architectural documentation as part of the package submitted for building consent in the same way a Fire Design Report is attached.

Typically an “Accessibility Report” will cover matters such as door widths, surface finishes, toilet layout and numbers, lifts, handrails, car parking and signage. Our reports will identify non-compliance with New Zealand Standard Design for Access and Mobility – Building Associated Facilities, NZS4121:2001.

Our Accessibilty Reports offer key benefits


They allow a specialist to focus on the accessibility requirements enabling the architect or designer to focus on key building design elements.


The Building Consent Authority can review compliance with greater surety and speed during the application review process.


As this is a legal requirement under the Building Act and also has elements that relate to Health and Safety, by having a third party engaged to complete an Accessibility Report there is shared responsibility in relation to this aspect of the Building Act.

CoveKinloch has been very helpful in providing a professional third service in the form of dilapidation surveys to our neighbour's buildings to our construction site's that are in close proximity. Their surveys have been very helpful in claims from neighbours to our construction sites.

Samantha Gunther
Stakeholder Manager at Icon Construction

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Move Flow

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Pix Angels

Get in touch if you have questions or would like to discuss your project with us.

Contact us for an offer of service and we'll have it ready for you within 2-3 days.

Or call us on 0800 268 3540 

The Accessibility Reports Team