A guide to building work that doesn't require a building consent under Schedule 1 of the Building Act 2004.
Last updated: 4 October 2018
If you're planning to carry out building work you need to check whether a building consent is required. Here is an overview of building work that usually doesn't require a building consent, and can be carried out by anyone.
You don't need a building consent for building work listed in Part 1 of the Building Act's Schedule 1 because it is "low-risk" work. It is classified exempt work because it will not affect your building's structure or fire safety, and will not pose a risk to public safety.
Though the work in Part 1 can be done by anyone, you should consider employing a tradesperson for some or all of your project.
Search the online public register for the right licensed building practitioner for your work.
Part 2 and Part 3 of Schedule 1 also list work that can be done without a building consent, if you engage the right professionals.
Plumbing and drainage work includes information about work listed in Part 2 that doesn’t need a building consent if it is carried out by an authorised person.
Engineer-designed exempt work includes information about work listed under Part 3 that doesn’t need a building consent if designed or supervised by a Chartered Professional Engineer.
What the exempt work includes
The following guidance is from Part 1 of our guide to Building work that does not require a building consent.