Do you stay up to date with New Zealand Building Law?
The Building Act 2004 isn’t just for builders; it’s something you need to keep abreast
of too, that way you’ll ensure that;
- You do the best job for your customers.
- You stay within the law.
- You protect your professional reputation.
As a building law educator, I’ve been in this game long enough (over twenty years) to know that sometimes things get lost in translation between local councils, builders, sub-contractors and homeowners.
There’s a lot of misinformation floating around out there, and I’m often quizzed about things you can and can’t do without consent in terms of kitchen and bathroom renovations.
So I thought I’d answer three of the most common questions I get asked on this subject.
1. Do I need a consent for my kitchen alteration?
If you are just swapping out joinery or replacing an old dishwasher with a modern one but using the same place then no consent is required. If, however, you are adding electrical sockets, or a new sink with new hot and cold water and drainage then you do need a building consent.
2. If I put in a wet area shower do I need a consent?
Yes. This changes the waterproofing of the walls and the fall that is needed for waste water to get to the drain so you do require a building consent for this upgrade.
3. Can I move the bathroom fixtures around without a consent?
Yes, but only if you are using the same plumbing.
- Let’s say you have an old house with an existing vanity and bath in it, and that there's a nonstructural wall between this area and the toilet.
- You want to pull down the wall and buy and put more modern fixtures into the space.
- You will use the same hot and cold water outlets and the waste will go through the same drains.
- No building consent is required but you will need a certified plumber to help you with items such as the toilet as they are the only ones allowed to remove and replace it.
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