Latest changes and how to use this guide

Find out about the scope of Schedule 1, and law changes relating to work that doesn't require a building consent.

How to use this guide

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.

Schedule 1: Building work that does not require a building consent

Before referring to the specific exemptions, we suggest you read:

What the law says – section 41 and section 42A of the Building Act, which relate to the Schedule 1 exemptions.

Building owner responsibilities – including seeking advice on whether or not your building work is exempt under Schedule 1.

Further information

The following sections may also be useful:

  • Previous versions of the legislation, which can be useful for establishing whether or not previous building work on a property was exempt at the time it was carried out, and
  • Glossary of key terms and abbreviations.

About the term 'exemption'

We use the term ‘exemption’ in this guide to refer to a clause in Schedule 1. For example, ‘exemption 2’ refers to clause 2 of Schedule 1 of the Building Act.

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: