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Building work that does not require a building consent

About this document

  • Published on 1 March 2014
  • Updated on 11 September 2017
  • Of interest to Building consent authorities, Building owners, Builders, Designers
  • ISBN: 978-0-478-41705-0 (Online)
  • 3rd edition


This is a guide to building work that does not require a building consent under the Building Act 2004. It concentrates on the list of exemptions contained in Schedule 1 of the Building Act, and provides examples of certain work.

This guide provides information on each of the Schedule 1 exemptions including what the law says, guidance and useful examples. We also highlight some key changes.

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