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Determinations are made by MBIE on matters of doubt or dispute to do with building work. Rulings are legally binding, but only in relation to each case.

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2020/013: Regarding the refusal to issue a certificate of acceptance

This determination considers an authority's refusal to issue a certificate of acceptance for internal work to construct two rooms inside a pole shed. The determination discusses the scope of the work covered by the application for a certificate of acceptance and the reasons given for the refusal.

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2020/012: Regarding compliance of building work with Building Code Clause E1 Surface water and the decision to issue a notice to fix in respect of it

This determination considers whether a depression on semi-rural property can be considered a suitable outfall for a surface water drainage system. The authority issued the notice to fix because it considered the drainage system had not been constructed in accordance with the consented plans. The determination considers the compliance of the outfall and whether the authority was correct to issue the notice to fix

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2020/011: Regarding the refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a relocated house with 19-year-old alterations and additions

This determination considers an authority’s refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a relocated house with 19-year-old alterations and additions principally for reasons to do with the performance of the building envelope. The determination considers the authority’s reasons for the refusal and whether the items identified by the authority are compliant with the Building Code requirements in force when the building consent was issued.

2020/010: Regarding the compliance of openings in a first floor external wall with Clause F4 Safety from falling

This determination considers the compliance of existing windows that are proposed as openings in the first floor of a building with respect to Clause F4 Safety from falling. The determination also considers whether the authority was correct to purportedly refuse to issue the building consent for this work.

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2020/009: Regarding the compliance of a washing machine and an instantaneous water heater with the Building Code

This determination considers the compliance of a washing machine with Clause G13 Foul water of the Building Code. The determination also considers the compliance of an instantaneous water heater without a safe tray with Clauses E3 Internal water and G12 Water supplies.

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2020/008: The refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a 20-year-old house with monolithic cladding

This determination considers the refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a 20-year-old house due to concerns about its compliance with Building Code Clause E2 External moisture. The determination considers the authority’s reasons for the refusal and performance of the building envelope with the requirements of the Building Code.

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2020/007: Regarding the compliance of sub-floor fixings to the foundations of a house

This determination considers whether some of the fixings in the subfloor framing to a house meet Building Code Clause B1 Structure. The house was built under a building consent in respect of work described in a national multiple-use approval issued under section 30F of the Act. The matters in dispute arise from the on-site substitution of galvanised rolled steel bearers that have a different profile to that described in the building consent, and the location of bolt fixings that connect the steel bearers to the timber piles.

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2020/006: Regarding the decision to grant a building consent for alterations to a house

This determination considers whether the authority was correct to grant a building consent where the submitted plans were inaccurate. The determination also considers the role of the authority in keeping building related records.

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2020/005: Regarding the refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a 22-year-old house

This determination considers the reasons given by a building consent authority to issue a code compliance certificate for a 22-year-old house. The reasons for the refusal included the lack of energy works certificates for electrical and gas services. The house was the subject of significant consented alterations that are now 12 years old, and for which a code compliance certificate was issued.

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2020/004: Regarding the compliance of a pool barrier consisting of an automatic cover and the decision to issue a code compliance certificate for the

This determination considers the authority’s decision to issue a code compliance certificate for an automatic pool cover as a pool barrier. The determination discusses whether a special exemption was granted under the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 and the compliance of the automatic pool cover as a pool barrier with Clause F4 Safety from falling as the relevant Building Code clause at the time the building consent was issued.

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