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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.

Overview of the new rules

Building consents are no longer required for certain sized carports, sleepouts, sheds, ground-floor awnings, verandas and porches.

There are still other rules to follow, and some work can only be carried out by professionals, so learn more about the latest set of building consent exemptions, what rules must be followed, and which professionals you should engage with.

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: