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New building consent exemptions

MINISTRY OF BUSINESS, INNOVATION AND EMPLOYMENT  

28th August 2020

New types of building work will no longer require a building consent, saving homeowners up to $18 million a year and reducing the number of consents by about 9,000 (if lodged separately). 

From 31 August 2020, additional building consent exemptions have been added to the Building Act. Building consents are no longer be needed for a number of new or expanded types of low-risk building work, like sleep-outs, sheds, carports, outdoor fireplaces and ground-mounted solar panels.

The new exemptions will save building owners time and money, by not having to go to their local council for consent for common building projects. This reduction in building consents will also allow Councils to focus on building work that is higher-risk, helping to boost productivity.

This package of new exemptions adds to the work that can already be done without a building consent, outlined in Schedule 1 of the Building Act. Some of the new exempt building work can be done without the help of a professional, while others require the involvement of a Chartered Professional Engineer or Licensed Building Practitioner.

Building work that does not require a building consent must still comply with the Building Code and other legislative requirements, such as those under the Resource Management Act 1991, the Electricity Act 1992 and the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. Any issues related to planning or resource management, or any projects with district planning implications will still need to be discussed with your local council.

The new exemptions will come into force on 31 August 2020.

Before carrying out exempt work, it's important you follow the MBIE guidance correctly. If you are unsure what legislation may apply, and what the requirements are, it's best to consult a professional.

MBIE Guidance for building without a consent 

Find a Chartered Professional Engineer 

Find a Licenced Building Practitioner

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