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Determinations are made by MBIE on matters of doubt or dispute to do with building work. Rulings are legally binding, but only in relation to each case.

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2020/034: Regarding the compliance of fire safety precautions in a motel

Note: This determination is subject to appeal.

 

This determination considers the issue of a building consent and code compliance certificate for a motel in respect of a fire alarm system. The matter turns on whether the building work as approved in the building consent complied with Clauses C2 Means of escape from fire and F7 Warning systems, and whether the construction of the motel without a fire alarm system being installed met the performance requirements of those clauses when the code compliance certificate was issued.

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2020/033: The refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for historical building work to construct an outbuilding

This determination concerns the authority's decision to refuse to issue a code compliance certificate for construction of an outbuilding that was later converted to a sleepout. The determination considers the compliance of the building work identified by the authority in its reasons for refusing to issue the code compliance certificate.

2020/032: Regarding the compliance of a soil fixture space without a hand basin with Building Code Clause G1 Personal hygiene

This determination considers the compliance of a soil fixture space which does not contain a hand basin. The determination discusses the term "immediately adjacent" and whether the soil fixture space without a hand basin complies with Building Code Clause G1 Personal hygiene by way of the Acceptable Solution G1/AS1 and if not whether the space complies with Clause G1 as an alternative solution.

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2020/031: Regarding the purported refusal to issue a building consent for the construction of retaining walls and associated drainage

This determination considers whether the authority was correct to refuse to grant a building consent for the construction of a number of retaining walls on a site with respect to ground water collected by drainage installed behind the walls. The determination considers whether the ground water collected falls within the definition of 'surface water' as it applies to Building Code Clause E1 Surface water.

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2020/030: Regarding the purported refusal to grant a building consent because of a dispute about the importance level of the building

This determination considers the authority's purported refusal to grant a building consent for proposed building work because the authority did not agree with the importance level proposed by the structural engineer. The determination discusses whether the subject building should be classified as Importance Level 2 or Importance Level 3 as set out in Australian/New Zealand Standard 1170.0. This standard is referenced by Verification Method B1/VM1, which is a means of compliance with Building Code Clause B1 Structure.

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2020/029: Regarding the issue of a notice to fix for building work to a sprinkler system carried out without a building consent

This determination considers whether a territorial authority was correct to issue a notice to fix for building works that involved the alterations and modifications of an existing specified system – an automatic sprinkler system – where a building consent was not obtained prior to the works commencing. The determination also considers if the building works could have been undertaken in accordance with clause 10 of Schedule 1 of the Building Act.

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2020/028: Regarding the compliance of a pool barrier with Building Code Clause F9 Means of restricting access to residential pools

This determination considers the compliance of a new pool barrier with Building Code Clause F9 Means of restricting access to residential pools. The determination discusses the parts of the barrier consisting of boundary fences and junctions with internal sections of the barrier, and trees on the inside of the boundary fences.

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2020/027: Regarding the issue of a dangerous building notice requiring repair work to be carried out to the building

This determination considers the issue of a dangerous building notice for an unreinforced masonry building, specifically in relation to the building work that was detailed in the notice as being required to reduce or remove the danger. The determination discusses whether the installation of hoarding and fencing meant the building was no longer dangerous, and what the Building Act requires of a dangerous building notice.

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2020/026: Regarding the compliance of a swimming pool barrier consisting of a pool cover and a proposed alarm system

Note: This determination is subject to appeal.

 

This determination considers the compliance of a swimming pool barrier consisting of a pool cover and either of two proposed alarm systems. The determination discusses management practices and human behaviour with regard to the Building Code obligations, and considers whether a waiver or modification of the Building Code is appropriate in the circumstances.

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2020/025: Regarding the authority's decisions to issue a dangerous and insanitary building notice and a certificate of acceptance

This determination considers the authority's decision to issue a dangerous and insanitary building notice and a certificate of acceptance in respect of a sleepout. The determination discusses whether the sleepout was dangerous or insanitary at the time, whether the authority was correct to include a 'restriction of usage' within the issued certificate of acceptance, and the classified use of the sleepout.

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