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Consents no longer required for minor work

Auckland City Council Media release

17 October 2008

Building consents no longer required for minor work

New exemptions to the Building Act 2004 that came into force this week expand the types of building work that can be done without a building consent, giving more freedom to homeowners.

The revised schedule one to the Building Act excludes the need for a building consent for low-risk and minor work, although all work must still comply with the Building Code.

"These new exemptions give homeowners and builders greater autonomy to carry out minor repairs and building works," says City Development Committee chairperson, Councillor Aaron Bhatnagar.

"We recognise that DIY is an integral part of our culture and I am sure homeowners will welcome the reduction in compliance procedures, as long as they are sure they are acting in accordance with the Building Code.

"If you are considering doing any building work around your home, it is important that you contact the council before you begin. We are here to help you with advice and information," said Mr Bhatnagar.

Works that no longer need building consents include building a wall or fence less than 2m high or a deck less than 1m off the ground. A temporary tent or marquee or the construction of a temporary storage stack for materials also no longer require a building consent.


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