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Do it yourself but do it right

22 January 2014

Aucklanders planning to engage in DIY work this summer are being reminded to check the rules in advance to make sure their project doesn’t cause them any problems down the track.

Auckland Council Building Control Manager Tim Weight says well before people get their tools out they should check if the planned DIY work needs either building or resource consent and what the relevant legislation is.

“In the summer months, we know many Aucklanders like to DIY around their homes - it’s part of Kiwi culture. We’re just reminding people to make sure their project is compliant,” says Mr Weight.

Aucklanders can check their local requirements by calling the council and asking to speak to a duty planner or by visiting one of the council offices.

A project like building a fence or retaining wall may still need a resource consent approval even though a building consent may not be required.

“A lot of work does require consent under legislation, district or regional plans so it’s really important to check with us first, and remember even if consent is not required DIY work must still comply with the Building Act, the building code and other relevant legislation,” says Mr Weight.

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

It is also a good time to remember some simple rules when disposing of materials, to help protect the environment. Concrete waste, paint, and even soil particles can have a devastating impact if they get washed into the stormwater system and drains.

“The key to good environmental management when doing DIY is to remember that only rain should go down the drain,” says Ian Dobson, the manager of natural resources and specialist input at Auckland Council.

Concreting and painting equipment should be washed with running water onto unsealed ground which will absorb the waste water and prevent the contaminants from reaching more vulnerable stream or marine environments.

To learn more about what does and doesn’t require consent and how to minimise pollution from your project, visit www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz and search for “home improvement” or contact 09 301 0101 to find out more.

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