With Covid impacting many overseas holidays, we're hearing of more and more people spending their holiday funds on DIY and renovation projects. And what better time than now? With consents relaxing on smaller DIY jobs and the weather easing into Spring, it's easy to get stuck in to those jobs you've been putting off.
From August, you'll be legally allowed to DIY those low-risk jobs, like building a new front porch or sleep-out without council consent. It is important to keep in mind that building work that does not require a building consent must still comply with the Building Code and other legislative requirements, such as those under the Resource Management Act 1991, the Electricity Act 1992 and the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. Some work will still require an engineer to sign-off the design or a building practitioner to supervise some of the work.
Jobs that can be completed under the low-risk guidelines include sleep-outs, sheds, carports, outdoor fireplaces and ground-mounted solar panels. This package of new exemptions adds to the work that can already be done without a building consent, outlined in Schedule 1 of the Building Act.
The new exemptions are expected to commence at the end of August.
Before carrying out exempt work, it's important you follow the MBIE guidance correctly. New guidance will be issued before the new exemptions commence in August. If you are unsure what legislation may apply, and what the requirements are, it's best to consult a professional.
If you're unsure of how your project complies, get in touch with us. We're here to help.