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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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2017/056: 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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2017/053: 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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2017/049: Refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for 11-year-old alterations to a house with mixed cladding

This determination is concerned with the compliance of 11-year-old alterations to a house built in the 1960s. 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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2017/044: Refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a 14-year-old house

This determination is concerned primarily with the compliance of the building envelope to a 14-year-old house with autoclaved aerated concrete cladding. 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 that was in force at the time the building consent was issued.

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2017/042: Compliance of building work with Clause E1 of the Building Code

The determination considers whether site works carried out as part of a development have breached the requirement under Clause E1.3.1 in regards to the disposal of surface water to avoid the likelihood of damage or nuisance to other property. The determination discusses the causes of the flooding and the performance requirements in relation to annual exceedence probability of storm events.

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2017/035: Refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for an 18-year-old house

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

2017/018: Refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a 10-year-old house with plywood, stone veneer and horizontal weatherboards

This determination concerns the compliance of a 10-year-old house with plywood, stone veneer, and horizontal weatherboard cladding. This 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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2016/034: Refusal to grant an s72 waiver for two building consents for proposed buildings on land subject to a natural hazard

This determination considers the authority’s refusal to grant a waiver under section 72 of the Act for two proposed buildings which are situated on land subject to a debris flow hazard.  The determination considers the risk to occupants from debris flow events, and the extent to which the proposed work will mitigate this risk.

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2016/028: Regarding the authority's exercise of its powers in issuing a code compliance certificate for a retaining wall

This determination was sought by the owner of an adjacent property who was of the view that the retaining wall and site works did not comply with the Building Code.

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