7. Platforms, decks and bridges

This section includes building work for decks, platforms, bridges, boardwalks which will be accessible by the public. It also includes short-span bridges on private land, without public access.

More details

The table below shows the exemptions included in this section and the professional you will need to hire.

Description Is an authorised professional legally required? Who can provide professional advice?
7.1 Decks, platforms, bridges and boardwalks No Licensed Building Practitioner or Chartered Professional Engineer
7.2 Short-span bridges on private land Yes Chartered Professional Engineer


*Owners must look at the relevant section of guidance to identify under which detailed conditions the building work qualifies for the exemption.

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: