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2019/048: Refusal to issue a certificate of acceptance for plumbing and drainage work associated with a shipping container used as a mortuary

This determination considers the authority’s refusal to issue a certificate of acceptance for plumbing and drainage work that was carried out without building consent.  The plumbing and drainage work was installed to convert the shipping container for use as a mortuary and connects to an existing foul water drainage system that services a dwelling on the property, which in turn connects to a septic tank and evapotranspiration bed. 

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2017/083: Refusal of code-compliance certificate for house and producer statement for on-site waste water treatment system

This determination considers an authority’s refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for an on-site waste water treatment system because the installer had not provided a producer statement for the completed system.  The determination considers the likely compliance of the completed system.

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2016/052: Regarding the compliance of a relief drain from the safety valve to a hot water cylinder in a three-year-old house

This determination considers the compliance of a PVC foul water drainage system to a house where the TPR valve from a hot water cylinder drained into the foul water system.  The hot water cylinder was connected to a solid fuel wetback and a solar water heater as uncontrolled heating sources.

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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: