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2016/032: Regarding the use of existing drains for a new dwelling

This determination considers a requirement put in place after a building consent was issued to replace existing drains on a property where a new dwelling was being constructed.  The decision turns on the means of compliance stated in the building consent and the authority’s powers after the consent was issued.  The determination also discusses the Building Code obligations that apply in regards to drainage systems and the performance requirements and assessment of existing drains.

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2016/011: Regarding the issue of a notice to fix for a pit latrine, showering shed, water supply system, and two Shepherd's huts

This determination involves a number of small structures constructed on a rural property without building consent first being obtained; it was the owners’ understanding that the building work was exempt under Schedule 1. The determination discusses whether the two shepherd’s huts are buildings, and the clauses of the Building Code that apply in respect of the pit latrine, a latrine with a chemical toilet, the showering shed and the water supply system.

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2009/031: Amendment to a compliance schedule for a an industrial building

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2006/050: Disposal of free water overflow

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1997/008: Light fittings in a bulk grain and meal store

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