2019 recap of determinations

Posted: 10 February 2020

Last year, 70 determinations were issued, covering a wide range of topics from straw-bale houses to earthquake-prone building notices.

Some common topics for the year included pool safety, fire safety, and access routes. A few determinations from these topics are listed below:

Pool safety

2019/019 considered the size of the immediate pool area and the compliance of sliding doors as part of the barrier to the pool.

2019/025 discussed the compliance of an infinity pool.

2019/031 looked at the compliance of a pool barrier with palm trees adjacent to the barrier.

Fire safety

2019/004 concerned the compliance of the installation of a solid fuel heater.

2019/040 considered the amendment of a compliance schedule to remove the fire-rated mezzanine floor from the schedule for an early childhood centre.

2019/062 considered the escape path past the existing front house from a house at the rear of the site.

Access routes

2019/021 considered the compliance of a set of stairs designed for access to a mezzanine level in a farm building.

2019/041 discussed whether a lift is required to an elevated viewing platform of an arts centre.

Natural hazards

2019/059 considered whether the land is subject to a natural hazard, and whether the building work was a 'major alteration'.

2019/067 considered whether land adjacent to a coastal estuary is subject to a natural hazard - the hazard being inundation from rising sea levels and surface water flooding.

Novel cases

2019/006 considered the lifting of an insanitary building notice, and whether the building was insanitary or dangerous.

2019/015 concerned the refusal to extend the specific intended life of a straw-bale house.

2019/048 considered the refusal to issue a certificate of acceptance for plumbing and drainage work associated with a shipping container used as a mortuary.

2019/068 considered the issue of an earthquake-prone building notice for a reinforced concrete building.

This information is published by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Chief Executive. It is a general guide only and, if used, does not relieve any person of the obligation to consider any matter to which the information relates according to the circumstances of the particular case. Expert advice may be required in specific circumstances. Where this information relates to assisting people: