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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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2017/079: Decision to issue notice to fix for building work

Note: This determination is subject to appeal.

This determination concerns a return wall to a retaining wall built under a building consent; the return wall encroaches over the owners’ boundary into a neighbouring property.  The authority issued a notice to fix in respect of the return wall, as it is of the view it was a built without first obtaining an amendment to the consent.  The determination considers whether the notice to fix was correctly issued, and whether the return wall was a major or minor amendment to the building consent.

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2017/076: Refusal of code-compliance for house with monolithic cladding

This determination is concerned with the compliance of an 18-year-old house.  The determination considers the authority’s reasons for refusing to issue the code compliance certificate and whether the building work complies with the requirements of the Building Code.

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2017/067: Notice to fix for three shipping containers transported to site and joined together for use as a shed

This determination considers whether the authority was correct to issue a notice to fix for three modified shipping containers transported to site and joined together to form a shed. The determination considers the definition of "building" and "building work", and discusses the content of the notice to fix.

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2017/066: Refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a 19-year-old house with mixed claddings

This determination is concerned with the compliance of a 19-year-old house. The determination considers the authority’s reasons for refusing to issue the code compliance certificate and whether the building work complies with the requirements of the Building Code.

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2017/065: Notice to fix for building work carried out without building consent in relation to relocated structures

This determination considers the definitions of building under section 8 and building work under section 7, and whether the relocated structure 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 with regard to building work carried out without building consent.

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2017/061: Proposed demolition of half a duplex building and the compliance of the remaining half

This determination considers whether there was sufficient evidence provided in a building consent application for the authority to grant the consent under section 49 of the Act where half of a duplex is proposed to be demolished. The determination considered whether the proposed building work complies with Clauses B1, B2, C3, E2, and H1 of the Building Code.

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2017/060: Refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for 19-year-old additions and alterations to a house

This determination is concerned with the compliance of 19-year-old additions and alterations to a house. The determination considers the authority’s reasons for refusing to issue the code compliance certificate and whether the building work complies with the requirements of the Building Code.

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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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2017/057: 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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