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2021/010: Regarding the refusal of a building consent for alterations to an existing students' hall of residence

This determinaton considers whether the authority was correct to refuse a building consent for alterations to an existing school building. It considers the reasons for refusing to grant a building consent under section 50 of the Building Act, and what is as nearly as is reasonably practicable under section 112 of the Building Act, specifically in relation to installing a fire sprinkler system.

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2017/073: Compliance schedule requirements and the classified use of three proposed commercial poultry sheds

The determination considers whether the correct classified use for the proposed poultry sheds is "industrial" or "outbuilding", and whether the operational systems are specified systems and whether a compliance schedule is required.  It also considers whether the requirements for access and facilities for people with disabilities apply to the poultry sheds.

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2017/040: Refusal to grant a building consent for proposed supermarket alterations

This determination concerns the refusal to issue a building consent for alterations to an existing supermarket building because it was believed the proposed work did not comply with the fire safety clauses of the Building Code. The determination considers the requirements of the legislation as it applies to the alteration. The fire engineer initially used a verification method to show compliance, and the determination discusses what this method requires.

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This information is published by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Chief Executive. It is a general guide only and, if used, does not relieve any person of the obligation to consider any matter to which the information relates according to the circumstances of the particular case. Expert advice may be required in specific circumstances. Where this information relates to assisting people: