Below is some more useful information. If you need any further help or advice please contact the Building Team by phone on 03 433 0300, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop in and see us at 20 Thames Street, Oamaru.
Tiny Houses on Wheels and other mobile or semi-mobile habitable buildings used for permanent accommodation.
Fencing of properties
Storm water drainage and disposal requirements
- (a) Safeguard people from injury or illness, and other property from damage, caused by surface water.
- (b) Protect the out falls of drainage systems.
Supplementary heat sources (Wet backs and Solar Hot Water) and the risk of Legionnaires' Disease.
Relocating a dwelling/building onto a site
- The Effluent disposal design must be completed by a Drainage Engineer, or a registered Drainlayer.
- A Proposed Drainage plan is required. This should be completed by a registered Drainlayer.
- A drainage plan must be completed by a registered Drainlayer. This is to cover both sewer and stormwater. Drain layerr needs to be disposed of to the Council reticulated sysDrain layer a water storage tank, or in a soastorm waterits that comply with NZ Building Code clause E1.
- Application will need to be made separately to the Assets and Infrastructure Department for Potable water and sewer connections to the Council reticulated systems. Once they receive the applications, Council will then quote on the physical installation connections/costs from the boundary to the Council main(s). The installation/cost of work within the boundaries is at the responsibility of the owner.
- Application will need to be made separately to the Assets and Infrastructure Department for a vehicle crossing.
Information on wastewater systems
- The size of the property: Less than 2500 m2 requires processing by Horizons
- The type of system: A property less than 4 hectares will require a secondary treatment system such as an aerated waste water plant.
- Projected volumes exceeding 2000 litres in total per day
- Projected volumes exceeding 165-180 litres per person per day
- Discharges to ground exceeding 3 litres per square meter per day.
Your Drainage Engineer or other suitably qualified professional will be able to advise you further.
Conversion of a shipping container to a habitable space
- Bl - Structure: The container must be on permanent, earthquake resistant foundations. Normally for a container this will be between 6 and 8 piles in 900mm deep concrete filled holes, and will be securely fastened to the base. This would usually require plates welded to the frame of the container and bolted to the piles.
- B2 - Durability: All components are required to meet durability standards. The container would need to be painted to protect it from corrosion
- C - Fire: Type 1 Domestic smoke alarms must be installed.
- Dl- Access: Reasonable steps and entry decks must be constructed.
- El- Surface water: Rainwater must be collected and discharged to an approved place here it does not cause problems for the owner or any neighbours.
- E2 - External moisture: Rainwater must not enter the building. This means that any windows or doors cut into the building must be adequately flashed. Also, many second-hand containers have reached their useful life as far as shipping is concerned and may not be weathertight.
- F2 - Hazardous Building materials: Safety Glass is required under NZS4223 part 3, Human Impact, for glass doors, windows into wet areas, and shower doors.
- Gl- Personal Hygiene: Every dwelling must contain adequate ablution facilities, consisting of a shower or bath, hand wash basin and a toilet pan.
- G3 - Food preparation: Every dwelling (excepting sleep-outs) must have facilities for the preparation and storage of food.
- G4 & G7 - Ventilation and Natural light: Each space (room) within the container must have windows of no less than 10% of the floor area of the room for natural light and no less than 5% of the floor area of the room in opening windows for ventilation.
- G12 - Water supplies: Adequate potable water must be provided for cooking and cleaning. Pipework for this must meet the standards for carrying potable water. ie: Garden hoses are not acceptable.
- G13 - Foul water: All waste pipes must discharge to an approved outfall such as the Council reticulated system or to a septic tank.
- Hl- Energy Efficiency: This applies mostly to insulation. All habitable spaces must have the following minimum levels of insulation: Under floor R1.3, , walls R1.9, Roof/ceiling R2.9. Generally, this can only be achieved in a container situation using high density polystyrene insulation products. You WILL be required to apply for a Building Consent. In addition to the application form, you must provide a site plan, floor plan, elevations and details of construction to show how you will meet code compliance as set out in the code clauses.
- a) is constructed to hold back water or other fluid under constant pressure so as to form a reservoir,
- b) is used for the storage, control, or diversion of water or other fluid.
- a flood control dam
- a natural feature that has been significantly modified to function as a dam
- a canal
- a stop bank designed to control floodwaters.
Things you need to know if you want to put a shed in your back yard
- It is likely that the shed will be defined as a building (section 8).
- Construction of the shed will be building work (section 7).
|a) Be no more than one storey (being a floor level of up to 1m above the supporting ground and a height of up to 3.5m above the floor level).|
|b) Not exceed 10sq m in floor area.|
|c) Not contain sanitary facilities, such as a toilet, or facilities for the storage of potable water, such as a plumbed water supply.|
|d) Not include sleeping accommodation, unless the building is used in connection with a dwelling and does not contain any cooking facilities.|
|e) Be no closer than the measure of its own height to any residential building or to any legal boundary. For example, a shed with a roof of 2m at the highest point must be a minimum of 2m from a house or boundary |
- If the shed falls outside these exemptions, a building consent will be required and possibly resource consent.
- B1 Structure
- B2 Durability
- C Fire Documents
- E1 Surface water
Second-hand wood burners may be granted consent where the applicant wants to move the existing woodburner within the dwelling. These are dealt with on a case to case basis. Considerations include:
- the age of the fire
- the make and model
- whether it complies with today's current Air Shed and Emissions Regulations and
- whether the flue is to be replaced (in most cases the flue must be replaced)
A Durability Waiver may be considered as a Discretionary Exemption. Please contact Council to discuss.
Second-hand wood burners that have been purchased or obtained from a different dwelling will not be consented. To be satisfied that these burners meet the requirements of the legislation, they require certification by the manufacturer of the fire. Not only is this impractical and not cost-effective (the fire box would need to be transported to the manufacturer for testing) the manufacturers tend to not guarantee the wood burners to the satisfaction of Councils.