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Determinations are made by MBIE on matters of doubt or dispute to do with building work. Rulings are legally binding in relation to each case. Circumstances in one case may differ to others.

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2017/059: Refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a 20-year-old house with mixed claddings

This determination is concerned with the compliance of a 20-year-old house. The determination considers the authority’s reasons for refusing to issue the code compliance certificate and whether the house complies with the requirements of the Building Code.

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2017/058: Notice to fix and whether a structure on wheels is a building

This determination considers the definitions of building and vehicle under section 8, and whether a structure modified to attach wheels and a drawbar is a building for the purposes of the Building Act. The determination also discusses the particulars of contravention/non-compliance described in the notice to fix.

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2017/057: Refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a 20-year-old house with EIFS wall cladding

This determination is concerned with the compliance of a 20-year-old house. The determination considers the authority’s reasons for refusing to issue the code compliance certificate and whether the house complies with the requirements of the Building Code.

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2017/056: Refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a repaired 14-year-old house with masonry veneer cladding

This determination is concerned with the compliance of a 14-year-old house that had undergone repair works. The determination considers the authority’s reasons for refusing to issue the code compliance certificate and whether the house complies with the requirements of the Building Code.

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2017/055: Building consent granted for alterations to an existing building on land subject to a natural hazard without notification under section 73

This determination concerns the natural hazards provisions of the Act. The matter turned on whether the building work constituted a major alteration and whether section 72 would apply even if the building work was not a major alteration. The determination also considered whether it was reasonable to grant a waiver of Clause E1.3.2.

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2017/054: Compliance of fibre-cement cladding installed to the building

This determination is concerned with the compliance of 13-year-old alterations to a building. The determination considers the authority’s reasons for requiring more information about the building’s compliance and whether the building work complies with the Building Code with regard to weathertightness and durability.

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2017/053: Refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a 20-year-old house clad with rusticated fibre-cement weatherboards

This determination is concerned with the compliance of the building envelope to a 20-year-old house. The determination considers the authority’s reasons for refusing to issue the code compliance certificate and whether the house complies with the requirements of the Building Code.

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2017/052: Refusal to issue a certificate of acceptance for recladding a 22-year-old building

This determination considers two applications made for a certificate of acceptance for the recladding of an existing building: the work has been undertaken without a building consent having been issued. Both applications were declined by the authority. The determination considers the compliance of the work itself, the basis on which the work was done, and whether the authority was correct to decline the applications.

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2017/051: Refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a 10-year-old house with brick veneer cladding

This determinatin considers the compliance of the building work, and whether there were reasonable grounds for the authority to issue a code compliance certificate. The determination also discussed inspections undertaken by the authority as a means of providing reasonable grounds on which to issue a code compliance certificate.

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2017/050: Refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a 12-year-old house completed under the supervision of a building certifier

This determination considers the compliance of a 12-year-old house that had been built under the supervision of a building certifier, but where a code compliance certificate had not been issued. The authority had issued a certificate of acceptance for the work, but the current owners were seeking a code compliance certificate in its place. The determination considers which certificate was appropriate to issue in the circumstances.

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