Find out which building projects usually don't require a building consent, including examples, exceptions and who is authorised to do the work.
The purpose of Schedule 1: Building work for which building consent is not required is to exempt building work that is low-risk from requiring a building consent, because the costs associated with obtaining a consent are likely to outweigh any benefits that requiring a building consent may offer.
Schedule 1 exemptions are generally for building work that will not affect the building’s structure or fire safety and that do not pose a risk to public safety.
Note that Schedule 1 exemption 2, is the only case which requires a decision from regional or territorial authorities. This allows them to use their discretion in exempting any type of building work from requiring a building consent.
The following table lists the Schedule 1 exemptions. We provide the text of the legislation, guidance and examples for each of these in turn.
Part 1: Exempted building work that can be carried out by anyone
Part 2: Sanitary plumbing and drainlaying carried out by authorised person
Person authorised under Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Act 2006
Part 3: Building work for which design is carried out or reviewed by chartered professional engineer
|41. Retaining walls|
|42. Certain public playground equipment|
|43. Removal of sign, plinth, retaining wall, or public playground equipment|