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# 251689 6-Jul-2019 20:25
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So as per my other thread we have purchased a 1920s villa and it has a single bathroom.  There is a laundry right next to it that looks like it was the toilet (hole in the floor that looks to be toilet pipe shaped).  There is also a space in the downstairs storage area that looks like it could be a laundry (plumbing all there).


My understanding is adding a toilet isn't difficult or expensive (regarding plumping work if the pipes are all in the correct place which it looks to be) what I don't know is consent fees.


Does anyone have any idea as to how much it costs to install a second toilet to a house in Auckland that currently has one?



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  # 2271189 6-Jul-2019 21:11
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Just ask a plumber to give you a quote to install a new toilet. As there are lots of factors that would affect the cost.

Although consent fees would be a major part of the cost if you decide to get it consented.

The building act says that minor plumbing or drainage works dont require a consent. But typically, it doesn't define exactly what is and is not minor.

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  # 2271258 7-Jul-2019 09:41
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I would guess that for something relatively minor like this, your design and consent costs would unfortunately exceed the cost to do the actual work. Are you planning any other works in the near future, which you could bundle this up with?

On the consent point, have a look at the building consent exemptions for plumbing work in the MBIE Guide "Building work that does not require a building consent" (link to PDF). There are some useful examples given in this.

Might be worth talking to the council about your plans, if you're unsure after reading the guide.


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  # 2271523 7-Jul-2019 22:30
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You will need a plumber anyway to come and confirm the pipes are in working order. They might as well come and give you a quote and you can talk about consenting at the time. 

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