27. Temporary storage stacks

Stacks of timber and steel framing

A building consent is not required to create a temporary storage stack of goods or materials.

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 temporary storage stack of goods or materials.

Guidance on the exemption

This exemption allows you to construct any temporary storage stack of goods or materials. Temporary means lasting for only a limited period; for example, you may be stacking materials during the construction period of a building project, or storing and stacking goods while relocating.

Examples where this exemption could apply

A construction firm is moving location to partially completed new premises. It proposes to erect a temporary timber storage stack on its new site. When complete, the new premises will contain a new timber storage area and the temporary storage stack will be removed.
While a new building is being constructed, the builders stack metal roofing materials on a timber base to keep the material off the ground until it is ready to use.

Examples where building consent is required

Owners of a joinery factory want to construct a 4 metre high racking system to store materials for use in manufacturing aluminium windows. They intend to use this racking system indefinitely. This work would not be considered temporary so will require a building consent.
A supermarket owner wishes to extend the racking systems used to store food. This work requires a building consent as the racking system is permanent.

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: