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.
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.
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.