Part 3: Building work for which design is carried out or reviewed by a chartered engineer

Find out what building work doesn't require a building consent as long as it is designed or reviewed by a chartered professional engineer.

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

More details

The five exemptions in Part 3 of Schedule 1 of the Building Act 2004 relate to building work for which the design is either carried out or reviewed by a chartered professional engineer. This is a professional engineer registered by Engineering New Zealand. To qualify for this registration, engineers must be able to demonstrate the required level of competence.

Note: The general conditions and limits of section 42A of the Building Act apply to all Schedule 1 exemptions.

Check they are authorised to do the work

It is recommended that you, the owner, should verify the current registration status of the engineer you propose to use before any design work commences. This can be done by checking the Engineering New Zealand public register

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: