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Audits and inspections

Who can be audited by Energy Safety

Anyone who designs, installs and/or operates electrical or gas installations and networks in New Zealand can be audited.

Energy Safety works with installers, owners and operators throughout the audit and investigation process to initiate proactive education strategies and audit programmes that enhance our effectiveness as a safety regulator.

What are the selection criteria?

The selection criteria undertaken by Energy Safety are based on:

  • operator risk
  • installation or network risk
  • complaints, incidents and accidents
  • advice from other regulatory agencies
  • type of operator

If you have concerns about any electrical or gas installation please call our free phone number 0508 377 463.


Accidents and incidents

Where an accident or incident involving an installation or network occurs that is considered significant, or where installation compliance is drawn into question, Energy Safety may at the time of investigation:

  • request the designer, installer or operator to provide information relating to installation safety or compliance
  • request the designer, installer or operator to undertake specific remedial action
  • request the network to cease supply of electricity and gas.

Any subsequent action will follow Energy Safety’s compliance and enforcement procedures.



Energy Safety maintains a number of co-operation arrangements with other regulatory agencies where information on safety compliance is exchanged and surveillance activities are carried out co-operatively.

Based on information exchanged, investigations may be carried out or direct enforcement action implemented.

In some cases, information from industry participants is brought to the attention of Energy Safety for assessment and follow-up action.

The audit process (outcome of audit)

If you are selected for a planned electrical or gas installations audit, Energy Safety will give you reasonable notice. When Energy Safety visits, you will need to provide:

  • details of the appropriate contact person authorised to respond on behalf of the business
  • details of your business e.g. registered company, partnership
  • documentation about design and construction of the installation, works or distribution systems
  • evidence of testing and other requirements prior to connection (such as certification, Certification of Compliance, Warrant of Electrical Fitness)
  • documentation about maintenance (Safety Management Systems (if required) and records of periodic inspection)
  • evidence of general safety requirements.

Outcome of audits

Energy Safety will advise the outcome when all elements of the audit have been considered. At the time of an audit, a verbal explanation will be given which may include advice to cease operation.
If the audit has been deemed unsatisfactory, Energy Safety will advise of the problem(s) requiring remedy and compliance action may include issuing an infringement notice or prosecution.

Last updated 10 April 2012
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