Part 1: Exempted building work that can be carried out by anyone

Find out what building work usually doesn't require a building consent and can be carried out by anyone.

Read the guidance below or go back to Building work that does not require a building consent.

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Part 1 of Schedule 1 of the Building Act 2004 contains 33 exemptions (clauses) in five broad categories:

  • General
  • Existing buildings: additions and alterations
  • Other structures
  • Network utility operators or other similar organisations
  • Demolition.

There are no restrictions on who can carry out the work. However, note that the general conditions and limits of section 42A of the Building Act apply to all Schedule 1 exemptions. If you choose to employ a tradesperson to carry out any building work in Part 1 (which is not restricted building work because it is exempt from requiring a building consent), it is prudent to check the online public register of licensed building practitioners

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