Previous determinations

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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2021/023: Regarding the purported refusal by an authority to grant a building consent for proposed new timber retaining walls

This determination considers an authority's purported exercise of decision not to grant a building consent on the basis that a producer statement design, related to the design of new timber retaining walls, which has not been signed by a registered Chartered Professional Engineer. The determination will discuss the status of a producer statement, some factors for an authority to consider when assessing a producer statement, and how these apply in this case.

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2021/016: Regarding the decision to issue a notice to fix for a retaining wall

This determination considers the authority's decision to issue a notice to fix relating to a retaining wall surrounding a tennis court in a rural location. In making this decision the determination will consider the south and west sections of the retaining wall and whether the building work done to these sections falls under clause 41 of Schedule 1 of the Act.

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2021/008: Regarding the authority's decision to issue a code compliance certificate for a new dwelling

This determination considers whether an authority was correct to issue a code compliance certificate for a new dwelling. The determination considers whether the building is compliant, and whether the authority would have been aware of any non-compliance when issuing the code compliance certificate.

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2021/005: Regarding the refusal to issue a building consent for building work associated with a relocated cabin

This determination concerns a refusal to issue a building consent for the construction of foundations for a relocated cabin and associated fixings and connections. The determination considers the reasons given for the refusal, which relate to establishing the Building Code compliance of the cabin itself. The determination also provides comment on the provisions relating to certificates of acceptance.

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2020/027: Regarding the issue of a dangerous building notice requiring repair work to be carried out to the building

This determination considers the issue of a dangerous building notice for an unreinforced masonry building, specifically in relation to the building work that was detailed in the notice as being required to reduce or remove the danger. The determination discusses whether the installation of hoarding and fencing meant the building was no longer dangerous, and what the Building Act requires of a dangerous building notice.

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2020/020: Regarding the decision not to extend the deadline for completing seismic work for an earthquake-prone building

This determination considers the decision of an authority to issue an earthquake-prone building notice for a building under the current provisions of the Act, but in doing so maintaining the deadline date by which the notice was to be complied with as described in the old notice issued under the former Act. The owners of the building had applied to have the deadline date extended which the authority had declined.

The determination considers whether the authority was correct to refuse the extension taking account of the transitional provisions of the Act and how the Act identifies and manages earthquake-prone buildings

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2020/015: Regarding the refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for building work on a relocated house

This determination considers the authority's refusal to issue a code compliance certificate due to building work to strengthen the existing roof of the house. The determination considers the as-built compliance of the building with Building Code Clause B1 Structure.

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2020/013: Regarding the refusal to issue a certificate of acceptance

This determination considers an authority's refusal to issue a certificate of acceptance for internal work to construct two rooms inside a pole shed. The determination discusses the scope of the work covered by the application for a certificate of acceptance and the reasons given for the refusal.

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2020/006: Regarding the decision to grant a building consent for alterations to a house

This determination considers whether the authority was correct to grant a building consent where the submitted plans were inaccurate. The determination also considers the role of the authority in keeping building related records.

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2020/005: Regarding the refusal to issue a code compliance certificate for a 22-year-old house

This determination considers the reasons given by a building consent authority to issue a code compliance certificate for a 22-year-old house. The reasons for the refusal included the lack of energy works certificates for electrical and gas services. The house was the subject of significant consented alterations that are now 12 years old, and for which a code compliance certificate was issued.

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