The summary of Schedule 1 of the Building Act 2004 below lists what building work can proceed without the owner first obtaining a building consent. Don’t guess whether building work requires a consent or not, check Schedule 1 to make sure. Illegal building work is just not worth it. It may invalidate your insurance cover and put your family’s safety at risk.Please note, all building work must comply with the Building Code. Please consult Schedule 1 of the Building Act for the complete list.
NOTE: District Plan. The District Plan has rules that control the siting and amount of building. A covered deck or patio needs to meet these rules.
NOTE: District Plan. Fences higher than 2m are defined as 'buildings' under the District Plan and specific rules apply. You will need to meet these rules.
NOTE: Platforms, decks and bridges more than 1m high will need to comply with “Safety from falling” and handrails/barriers will be required as per NZBC F4/AS1.
NOTE: District Plan. The District Plan has rules that control the siting and amount of buildings.
NOTE: District Plan. The District Plan has rules controlling the quantity and types of earthworks including filling. You will need to meet these rules.
If you wish to clarify whether a project fits within Schedule 1 please talk to one of our building officers. If a building consent is not required for building works you may wish to register your project with us anyway. Reasons for registering building work exempt under Schedule 1 include:
Exempt works must still comply with the New Zealand Building Code.