New building consent exemptions

Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa announced in May that new building consent exemptions are being added to the Building Act, meaning that more building work will be able to take place without a building consent

Allowing more building work to take place without a building consent is intended to make the building process quicker, easier and less expensive for builders, landscapers and DIYers, while also allowing councils to focus on building work that is higher risk.

While much of the work that landscapers do was already exempt from needing a building consent under Schedule 1 of The Building Act, some, such as short-span bridges where one could fall more than 1.5m, did require a consent. This doesn’t mean there are no other requirements – as stipulated below, the design will need to be carried out or reviewed by a Chartered Professional Engineer.

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