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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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2017/077: Whether retaining walls require barriers to comply with Clause F4

This determination considers whether the retaining walls without barriers would comply with Clause F4 Safety from falling. The determination also discusses whether the building work to erect the barriers was exempt from the need for a building consent under Schedule 1.

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2017/070: 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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2017/066: 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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2017/063: Whether a barrier is required for a retaining wall to a residential property

This determination considers whether a barrier is required to a retaining wall in order to comply with Clause F4 safety from falling, and the authority's intention to issue a notice to fix. The determination also discusses whether building work completed after the code compliance certificate was issued required building consent or whether it was exempt.

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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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2017/041: Whether proposed barriers to a timber walkway and proposed wharf will satisfy Clause F4 Safety from falling

This determination is concerned with the compliance of proposed barriers to a wharf and a walkway. The determination considers whether the proposed barrier to the wharf would be incompatible with its intended use.

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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.

2017/033: Refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a 13 year old monolithic clad dwelling

This determination concerns the compliance of a 13 year old house with monolithic 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.

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2017/016: Decision to issue a building consent for repairs to a multi-storey building

This determination is concerned with the compliance of discrete repairs proposed to the top levels of a multi-storey building. The determination considers whether the authority was correct to issue a building consent for that work, and whether the replacement of a related deck membrane was exempt from requiring a building consent.

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2017/013: Refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for 11-year-old additions and alterations to a house

This determination is concerned with the compliance of an 11 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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