Consent exemptions a win for landscapers



The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) recently announced additions to what is exempted from requirements to obtain building consent. Lawyer Geoff Hardy looks at who will benefit the most from these changes


You may recall that late in May 2020, the Government announced some sweeping changes to the building consent regime that were intended to increase the volume of low-risk building work and lessen councils’ workloads. This was promoted as one of the ways to kick-start the economy in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.


The idea was that if you remove the expense and delay associated with applying for a building consent for low-risk projects, then a lot more people will undertake that work, tradesmen will be busier than they would have been, and more money will start flowing through the economy.

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