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New building work that doesn’t need a building consent

From 31 August 2020, some building projects no longer need a building consent. This is great news - there will be lower costs and it will be faster and easier to turn those dreams into reality. Building consents will no longer be required for a number of projects, including certain sized carports, sleepouts, sheds, ground-floor awnings, verandas and porches. There are also many other projects that don’t need a building consent which you can learn about too. Even though you don't need a building consent, there are still rules to follow. On this page you can link through to helpful information to help you understand what types of building projects will no longer need a building consent and other useful information to help you turn your dreams into reality.

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: