Which projects no longer need a building consent?

Last updated: 26 August 2020

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Here are the new building projects which will no longer need a building consent, alongside links to technical guidance.

Summary of new exemptions

Single-storey detached buildings

Single-storey detached buildings include sleepouts, sheds, greenhouses and other similar structures can be built without a building consent. Kitchen and bathroom facilities are not included in the exemption. Any plumbing work to a new or current building still requires a building consent, and any electrical work will still have to be carried out by a registered electrician.

Options include:

Carports up to 40 square metres

The new exemptions mean you can build a carport up to 40 square metres in size without a building consent if:

Ground-floor awnings up to 30 square metres

The new exemptions mean you can build an awning of up to 30 square metres on a ground floor without a building consent if:

Ground-floor verandas and porches up to 30 square metres

The new exemptions will mean you can build a veranda or porch of up to 30 square metres on a ground floor without a building consent if:

Permanent outdoor fireplaces or ovens

The new exemption means you can build a permanent outdoor fireplace or oven built up to a maximum height of 2.5 metres, and with a maximum cooking surface of 1 square metre without a building consent. The fireplace or oven must also be at least one metre away from any legal boundary or building, and there may be local government restrictions on lighting open fires in your area.

Flexible water storage bladders

The new exemption means you can place flexible water storage bladders supported on the ground, for irrigation or firefighting purposes up to 200,000 litres in storage capacity without a building consent.

Ground-mounted solar panel arrays

The new exemptions mean ground-mounted solar panel arrays can be built without a building consent if:

Small pipe supporting structures

Small pipe supporting structures if they only carry water and are on private land can be built without a building consent.

Short-span (small) bridges

Short-span bridges if they do not span a road or rail area can be built without a building consent. The total span (length) can be a maximum of 6 metres. The design will need to be carried out or reviewed by a Chartered Professional Engineer.

Single-storey pole sheds and hay barns in rural zones

Single-storey pole sheds or hay barns in a rural zone with a maximum floor area of 110 square metres can be built without a building consent if:

Exempt building work guidance

We have recently updated the exempt building work guidance to include the new building consent exemptions. Learn about the many other projects that don't need a building consent by reading the exempt building work guidance.

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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: