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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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2018/057: Decision to grant a building consent subject to notification under section 73 for building work on land subject to natural hazards

This determination considers an authority’s decision to grant building consent subject to a section 73 notice requiring a notice to be placed on the land title identifying the land as being subject to natural hazards - being erosion and inundation.  The subject property is adjacent to a river located in a rural setting. 

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2018/054: Notice to fix issued in 2009 for a then 10-year-old house with monolithic cladding (to be read in conjunction with Determination 2008/118)

This determination considers the authority’s exercise of its powers of decision in relation to a notice to fix issued for a house with monolithic cladding.  The determination discusses the relevant standards at the time of construction and whether the notice to fix should have required replacement of the untreated timber framing used with treated timber.

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2018/051: Refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a 9-year-old house with mixed claddings

This determination considers the compliance of a consented building where there was delay in completing the consented work.  The determination considers the authority’s reasons for declining to issue the code compliance certificate for the work; the authority’s reasons were principally concerned with the building’s compliance with Building Code Clause E2 — External moisture.

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2018/046: Refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for alterations to a 16-year-old building

This determination considers the compliance of consented alterations carried out on an existing building for which an earlier code compliance certificate also had not been issued and where a significant portion of the existing building remained unaltered. The determination considers the authority’s reasons for declining the code compliance certificate for the work, and the provisions of section 115 (change of use) in relation to the work.

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2018/042: Refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a viewing platform

This determination considers the compliance of a viewing platform and associated parking with Clause D1 Access routes, and whether an access route to the platform for people with disabilities was needed. The determination also considers whether the gravel access track and car parking provide reasonable and adequate access in terms of Clauses D1 and B2 Durability.

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2018/039: Code compliance of a walk-in shower to an ensuite in a 5-year-old house

This determination considers the compliance of a wall to floor junction in a shower with Clauses E3 Internal moisture and B2 Durability of the Building Code.

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2018/034: Refusal of a code compliance certificate for an addition

This determination considers the authority's refusal to issue the code compliance certificate for a substantial addition to an existing studio building. The refusal arose from matters related to Building Code Clauses D1, E2, E3, and F4, but the principle issue was an ongoing dispute about the water from neighbouring properties and a small drain that has been installed to divert some of this water. The determination considers whether the drain formed part of the consented work or not.

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2018/030: Compliance of Lawson Cypress posts to a portico roof

This determination considers the compliance of Cypress posts with Clause B2. The determination considers whether the authority was correct in its proposed refusal to issue the code compliance certificate.

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2018/029: Refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a 14-year-old house with mixed claddings

This determination considers the compliance of a 14-year-old building. 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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2018/021: Refusal to issue a building consent for a house with membrane roof

This determination considers the compliance of low-pitched membrane roofs to a proposed three storey house.  The roofs are inward-sloping and employ slopes less than provided for in the Acceptable Solution for Clause E2 External moisture.

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