New exemptions to building consents for some works

September 29, 2020

As of 31 August some building work no longer needs a building consent.

These changes are in addition to work that can already be done without a building consent, outlined in Schedule 1 of the Building Act.

Building consents will no longer be required for a number of projects, including certain sized carports, sleepouts, sheds, ground-floor awnings, verandas and porches.

For more information please visit the Building Performance website.

Some of the exempt work can be done without the help of a professional, while others require the involvement of a Chartered Professional Engineer or Licensed Building Practitioner.

Even though you may not need a building consent, all works must be completed in accordance 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.

Always check with our Council to make sure your proposed building work does not have any planning implications (e.g. maximum site coverage, yard/setback requirements, daylight access planes or permitted activities). A resource consent may be required, and it is important that you obtain this before starting any building work.

For further information please call the Council’s building team on 0800 422 522 or