A guide to building work that doesn't require a building consent under Schedule 1 of the Building Act 2004.
Last updated: 4 October 2018
If you engage an engineer to undertake building work involving signs, plinths, retaining walls or playground equipment, you may not require a building consent.
You must engage a chartered professional engineer to undertake and review the building work listed in Part 3 of the Building Act's Schedule 1 in order for the design to be exempt from a building consent.
Your engineer must be registered by Engineering New Zealand. You should verify their registration status before they start work.
Check the Chartered Professional Engineer register on the Engineering New Zealand website to confirm your engineer is registered.
Part 1 and Part 2 of Schedule 1 also list work that can be done without a building consent.
Building consent exemptions includes building work listed in Part 1 that doesn’t need a building consent and can be done by anyone.
Plumbing and drainage work includes information about work listed in Part 2 that doesn’t need a building consent if it is carried out by an authorised person.
What the exempt work includes
The following guidance is from Part 3 of our guide to Building work that does not require a building consent.
|41. Retaining walls|
|42. Certain public playground equipment|
|43. Removal of sign, plinth, retaining wall, or public playground equipment|