Notes for Ground floor awnings: 8.6-8.8

Sections 8.6-8.8 cover three separate exemptions for ground floor awnings. Before you begin your project, there are several things you need to consider.

There are three separate exemptions for ground floor awnings. Please refer to the glossary for a definition of ground floor. You will need to check which professional to hire according to the specifications.

  • Awnings up to 20 square metres in size
  • Awnings up to 30 square metres in size, when the design is carried out or reviewed by a Chartered Professional Engineer, OR
  • Awnings up to 30 square metres in size, when a Licensed Building Practitioner is to carry out or supervise design and construction.

Before you begin your project, you need to consider the following:


If you are carrying out any building work in relation to awnings, you need to be particularly careful in relation to their weather-tightness. All mechanical connections which penetrate the building envelope and provide support to awnings such as nuts, bolts or coach screws, must provide adequate resistance to stop moisture penetrating the building, as required under Building Code clause E2 – External moisture.

Public access

To be exempt from needing a building consent, awnings must not overhang any area accessible by the public, including private areas with limited public access, for example, restaurants and bars.

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: