A building consent is Council approval (acting as the Building Consent Authority) for you to carry out building work at a specified site. It will guarantee that the work detailed in the consent is compliant with the New Zealand Building Code. Most building work requires a building consent, but some minor building work is exempt under the Act. Here are some examples of work that requires a consent:
- any structural building including new buildings, additions, alterations, accessory buildings (sheds), and re-piling
- plumbing and drainage
- heating (fireplaces), ventilation and air conditioning systems
- siteworks for a building
- retaining walls higher than 1.5 metres, or retaining walls with a building or driveway near the top
- fences higher than 2.5 metres and any swimming pool fence
- swimming pools
- decks more than 1.5 metres from ground level.
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Building-related Standards on the Standards New Zealand website has the Standards and further information.
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