Before the building consent can be granted, the Building Officer must be satisfied on reasonable grounds that the provisions of the building code would be met if the building work were properly completed in accordance with the plans and specifications that accompanied the application.
Your application is assessed for compliance with the Building Code and the Building Act. The Council has 20 working days to complete this assessment. The clock only pauses if some aspect of the plans and specifications fails to prove compliance and further information is sought from the applicant (or designer). The clock starts again when the officer is satisfied that they have been provided with the all information requested.
More information about how your building consent application is assessed can be found on the Build Waikato website