26. Height-restriction gantries

Height-restriction gantry

A building consent is not required for gantries, for example those restricting vehicles over a certain height from accessing an area.

What the law says

Subject to section 42A of the Building Act, Schedule 1 exempts the following from a building consent:

Building work in connection with a height-restriction gantry.

Guidance on the exemption

This exemption only applies to height-restriction gantries, such as gantries that restrict vehicles over a certain height from going into a car parking building or beneath an underpass.

Examples where this exemption could apply

Constructing a new height-restriction gantry for a car parking building
Replacing a damaged wooden height-restriction gantry with a new steel one.
Installing a new height-restriction gantry for a drive-through at a fast food restaurant.
Repairing a height-restriction gantry at a car parking building following impact damage from a vehicle.

Example where building consent is required

Constructing a pedestrian bridge over a ramp which provides vehicle access to a basement customer car park. Although the bridge limits the height of vehicles that can use the ramp to a maximum of 2.1 metres, the main purpose of the bridge is to allow pedestrians and customers to cross safely over the vehicle ramp. Building a bridge is beyond the scope of this exemption and also of exemption 24, as the bridge will be higher than 1.5 metres. Therefore, this will require a building consent.

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: