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Determinations are made by MBIE on matters of doubt or dispute to do with building work. Rulings are legally binding, but only in relation to each case.

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2019/066: The refusal to issue a code compliance certificate in respect of two sides of an above-ground pool acting as the pool barrier

This determination considers the authority’s purported refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for two sides of an above-ground pool acting as the pool barrier, which were not constructed in accordance with the building consent.  The determination discusses the compliance of the pool walls as a pool barrier with Clause F4 Safety from falling as the relevant Building Code clause at the time the building consent was issued.

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2019/052: Regarding the compliance of a pool barrier to the extent required by section 162C of the Building Act for an indoor pool

This determination considers the compliance of an indoor pool barrier to the extent required by section 162C of the Building Act.  The barrier incorporates bifold doors and a sliding door.  The determination discusses the compliance requirement in relation to an indoor pool that was exempt from having a barrier under the former Fencing of Swimming Pools Act and the means by which compliance can be established.

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2019/038: Regarding the compliance of a 23-year-old pool fence

This determination considers the compliance of a trellis fence with the provisions of the Building Act that require the restriction of access by unsupervised young children to the swimming pool or immediate pool area.  The trellis has gaps up to 45mm high x 40mm wide and was installed with the horizontal slats on the outside face of the fence.

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2019/031:Regarding the compliance of a pool barrier with adjacent palm trees

This determination is in relation to a pool barrier that has mature palm trees outside of and adjacent to it. The determination concerns the barrier’s compliance with the Building Code to the extent required by section 162C of the Building Act.

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2019/026: Regarding the compliance of a pool barrier to the extent required by section 162C of the Building Act

This determination considers the compliance of a pool barrier made up of walls and doors of a building that was subject to an exemption under the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act. The determination considers whether the barrier complies to the extent required by section 162C of the Act. 

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2019/025: Regarding the compliance of an infinity pool and whether to grant a waiver in relation to the means of restricting access

This determination considers the compliance of a residential pool with an infinity edge and balance tank with regard to the requirement for a physical barrier to restrict access by unsupervised young children.  The determination also considers whether the installation of an alarm would achieve the performance requirements in Clause F9 and whether it is appropriate to grant a waiver.

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2019/019: Regarding the code-compliance of a proposed residential pool barrier

This determination considers whether the barrier to a swimming pool complies with Clause F9 – Means of restricting access to residential pools of the Building Code. This includes an assessment of the compliance of sliding doors that form part of the barrier to the swimming pool.

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2019/008: Regarding the code-compliance of a proposed pool barrier

This determination considers the compliance of a proposed pool barrier with Clause F9 – Means of restricting access to residential pools of the Building Code. The determination considers whether the area enclosed by the proposed pool barrier should be included within the immediate pool area.

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2019/001: Regarding the code-compliance of sliding and hinged doors that form part of a barrier to a pool

This determination considers the code compliance of sliding and hinged doors that form part of the barrier to a pool. The determination assesses the barrier against the performance requirements of Building Code Clause F9 – Means of restricting access to residential pools.

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2018/052: Whether an automatic pool cover complies with Building Code Clause F9

This determination considers whether the use of an automatic pool cover will comply with Clause F9 – Means of restricting access to residential pools of the Building Code. The determination discusses waivers and modifications, and the provision for automatic pool covers for small heated pools.

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