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#271716 24-May-2020 11:49
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according to stuff https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/121606376/diy-dream-come-true-building-consents-for-low-risk-projects-scrapped





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  #2490410 24-May-2020 11:50
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if someone has a better more accurate title please let me know - this is the best i got :(





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  #2490447 24-May-2020 13:04
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Here's the press release, which is basically what Stuff published without any additional information:

 

 

Homeowners, builders and DIYers will soon have an easier time making basic home improvements as the Government scraps the need for consents for low-risk building work such as sleep-outs, sheds and carports – allowing the construction sector to fire back up quicker on larger projects to provide jobs and assist the country’s recovery from Covid-19.

 

The Government is introducing new exemptions to the Building Act in a move save homeowners $18 million in consenting costs each year, though building work must still meet the Building Code, Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa announced today.

 

“These changes will save New Zealanders time and money and mean councils can focus on higher-risk building work, boosting the building and construction sector in the COVID-19 recovery,” Jenny Salesa said.

 

“Single-storey detached buildings up to 30 square metres – such as sleep-outs, sheds and greenhouses; carports; awnings; water storage bladders and others will now not require a Council-approved building consent, which will result in 9000 fewer consents to process a year.

 

“Some of the new exemptions will utilise the Licensed Builder Practitioners scheme, which recognises the competence of these building practitioners and allows them to join chartered professional engineers and certifying plumbers in having their own suite of exemptions.

 

“Every New Zealander deserves a warm, dry, safe home, and this Government is finding ways to help build more houses by unclogging the building consent process, making it quicker and more affordable.

 

“These exemptions are just one part of my broader building system reform programme, which includes Construction Sector Accord Transformation Plan, the Construction Skills Action Plan, and Building Law reforms,” Jenny Salesa said.

 

Most of the new exemptions are expected to commence at the end of August, after the necessary changes to the Building Act have been made.

 





 

 

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  #2490448 24-May-2020 13:04
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Also, @Batman, it would be good when posting a topic to actually expand on it, instead of just posting a link.





 

 

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  #2490455 24-May-2020 13:25
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The bureaucracy around building has gotten a bit insane I reckon, while this is definitely a good start on tearing that down there is still plenty more to do. 

 

I was genuinely shocked to find out that even under the owner build exemption you still can't self build a house without having to follow the building code and pay thousands of dollars in consents. I get the need for those things with commercial/for sale buildings, but if you want to build yourself a house out of pallets and chewing gum and live in it I don't see it's any of their concern.





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  #2490472 24-May-2020 13:34
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Lias:

 

I was genuinely shocked to find out that even under the owner build exemption you still can't self build a house without having to follow the building code and pay thousands of dollars in consents. I get the need for those things with commercial/for sale buildings, but if you want to build yourself a house out of pallets and chewing gum and live in it I don't see it's any of their concern.

 

 

the concern is when you go to sell it, is it safe/habitable or not.


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  #2490497 24-May-2020 14:30
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30sqm is a good size, although I wonder what will happen around following the district plan, boundary rules etc.





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  #2490499 24-May-2020 14:37
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I was about to say exempting sleepouts will see things made of packing crates and chewing gum for rent in Auckland within a week. In practice I expect sleepouts are covered under this clause:

Some of the new exemptions will utilise the Licensed Builder Practitioners scheme, which recognises the competence of these building practitioners and allows them to join chartered professional engineers and certifying plumbers in having their own suite of exemptions.

That is excellent and recognises the professionalism and competence of qualified trained and experienced builders. Not the best press release for clarity tho.

 
 
 
 




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  #2490513 24-May-2020 15:28
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freitasm:

 

Also, Batman, it would be good when posting a topic to actually expand on it, instead of just posting a link.

 

 

My apologies





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  #2490531 24-May-2020 15:59
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I will probably re visit the idea of putting a "carport" beside the pool since previously to put a covered area in was going to be a council thing. I could have done a non covered pergola thing, but to me that borders on pointless.

 

Wonder if it will change veranda and awening type things. I want to also remove my covered area and rebuild it higher, with less slope and much larger. That again would have been a council involved thing in the past which I want to avoid.





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  #2490560 24-May-2020 16:59
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Lias:

... but if you want to build yourself a house out of pallets and chewing gum and live in it I don't see it's any of their concern.



Probably in case you do go to sell it in future, or you die and it gets sold as part of your estate, or it collapses on you and costs the public health system mega bucks, in case you’re not as sharp as you think you are and it effects your neighbours. Many, many reasons why you can’t always just do whatever you want - most things effect (or have the potential to effect) other people.

I agree some of the bureaucracy (particularly in residential construction, which I deal with every day for work) could do with being reduced, there’s a balance to be struck between endless red tape and letting people do whatever they want whenever they want.




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