Exemptions from a Building Consent
The Building Act 2004 has a list of building work that does not require a building consent. This information is contained in Schedule 1 of the Act. The contents of Schedule 1 can be viewed on the New Zealand Legislation website at the following address:
Section 17 of the Building Act 2004 states that all building work must comply with the Building Code to the extent required by the Act, whether or not a building consent is required in respect of that building work. Independent legal or technical advice should be sought to establish whether proposed building work is exempt. Professionally prepared plans of completed exempt work, complete with a covering letter including a list of contractors, should be submitted to Council to update the property file. This report, if deemed acceptable will be lodged on the file.
While the Building Act provides for exemptions, there might be other laws that you need to comply with. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
- the Building Code 1992;
- the Resource Management Act 1991;
- the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Act 2006;
- the Electricity Act 1992;
- the Health Act 1956;
- any local government bylaws.