Before you start a building project, contact your local Building Consent Authority (Council) to see if a building consent is required. Most projects do require a building consent but if the building work is exempt, you will save time and money.
What Work is Exempt?
Schedule 1 of the Building Act 2004 lists the building projects that are exempt. Exempted work is generally work that will not impact on the structural integrity or safety components of the building. Refer to MBIE guidance for detailed examples of various projects. If unsure, contact your local Council for advice.
While the Building Act provides a list of exemptions, there may be other laws you need to comply with, which include but are not limited to:
- The Building Code
- The Resource Management Act 1991
- The Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Act 1976
- The Electricity Act 1992
- The Health Act 1956
- Local Government bylaws
To read these documents go to
- legislation page or www.legislation.govt.nz.
- For Local Government bylaws, go to your local Council’s website.
NOTE: Doesn’t matter how minor the project is, all building work, including exempt work, must be carried out in accordance with the Building Act, the Building Code, and the District Plan. Any exempt building work not completed in accordance with the New Zealand Building Code or the Resource Management Act may be subject to the enforcement provisions of either Act.
If non-exempt building work has been done without a Building Consent, you may: