NZ – Building consent exemptions

The summer of 2023 has proven to be one of New Zealand’s most challenging, with severe weather hitting most of Te Ika-a-Māui the North Island and affecting the lives and livelihoods of thousands of New Zealanders.

In the month of January, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric research (NIWA) reports that Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland received 45% of its annual rainfall, with many areas of Te Ika-a-Māui receiving over 400% of normal January rainfall. In February came ex-tropical Cyclone Gabrielle, bringing widespread flooding and damage to land and buildings across Te Ika-a-Māui, cutting off several communities from the rest of the country.

We know the road to recovery will be long and will bring many challenges. MBIE is here to support home and building owners, and those in the building sector as our communities look to start their journey. In order to assist people in navigating the remediation and recovery work being undertaken, MBIE has developed and updated a number of resources to provide information and guidance through this process.

This quick guide provides council staff, building practitioners, and home and building owners with information on what building work may not require a building consent following a severe weather event or earthquake. It focusses on exemptions that apply when remediating flood damage. The guide covers everything from fences and outdoor structures through to windows and internal walls, including a section on plumbing.

Read more about building consent exemptions [PDF 1MB]

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