Building Legislation

Building Legislation and Building Standards are constantly changing. Recent changes mean that substantial building work may be exempt from needing a Building Consent.

We advise on the implications, especially where an overview of your longer term plans require specific advice on the correct sequencing of work, location of facilities, or extent of work requiring consent.

By way of an example -

Changes were made to the NZ Building Code in 2008, mainly around what work is exempt from requiring a building consent. The changes to Schedule 1 - which lists exempt work - now mean that quite substantial work may not need a building consent from the territorial authority. However, there are some traps for the unwary.

You may be able to upgrade a number of areas in a building without getting a Building Consent. However if you make subsequent additions or alterations that do require a consent, then the entire building may need to be assessed on its current level of compliance. If there are deficiencies in what was done initially, then this may result in a need to undertake costly refit work in order for your building to be brought up to standard.

Therefore, it is critical that you discuss your project with us - in detail - before you start any work.

The advice we have given to our clients on the correct sequencing of work, or the location of facilities, has already saved them considerable time, money and stress.