Legal requirements

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All building work is controlled by the Building Act 2004 and the Building Amendment Act 2008 and the various building regulations which include the Building Code.

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Key Factors Regulated by the Building Act

The purpose of these Acts is to ensure that buildings:

  • are safe, sanitary and have suitable means of escape from fire;
  • contribute to the physical independence and well being of people who use them; and
  • are designed, constructed and able to be used in ways that promote sustainable development.

The Building Code sets standards for:

  • durability
  • fire safety
  • sanitation (services and facilities)
  • moisture control
  • energy efficiency
  • access

You must have a Building Consent from the council to carry out building work except for work specifically exempted (check with your council). A Resource Consent and other authorisations may also be required before building work can commence – again, check with the council. One or more of each consent type may be required for the same project.

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