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Check before doing summer DIY

Check before doing summer DIY

Aucklanders planning to do some DIY this summer are being advised to get up to speed on building rules first, to help ensure the work they do is safe and pre-approved if necessary.

Auckland Council Building Control Manager, Ian McCormick, says well before people get their tools out they should check if the DIY work they are planning needs either building or resource consent and what relevant legislation requires.

“Over the summer months, we know many Aucklanders like to do DIY around their homes; it’s part of Kiwi culture. We’re urging people to take steps that will help ensure their work is safe and any effects on others and the environment are addressed.

“Ensuring any DIY work is compliant will also help property owners ensure they don’t compromise future property sales.”

Property owners with trees will also need to find out if they need resource consent to trim or chop down trees.

Mr McCormick says people can visit council’s website or contact its call centre on 09 301 0101 for more information on what kind of work requires consent.

“A lot of work does require consent under legislation, district or regional plans so we do encourage people to check with us. Even if consent is not required DIY work must still comply with the Building Act, the building code and other relevant legislation.”

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