Building Warrant of Fitness (BWOF)

A Building Warrant of Fitness (BWOF) is a declaration by the building owner stating that the Specified Systems have been maintained in accordance with the Compliance Schedule.

A building Warrant of Fitness is required to be issued on or before the Expiry date of the BWOF each year.

Failing to produce a BWOF can lead to all sorts to legal and Invalid insurance issues. Other concerns are building consents where the Code of Compliance Certificate (CCC) has never been applied for or the property is operating without a valid CPU.

  • Section 101 of the Building Act provides that the Owner of the building for which a Compliance Schedule is required under section 100 must obtain a Compliance Schedule. Failing to do is an offence carrying a fine up to $20,000, and further $2000 for every day that the offence is continued.  Owners are responsible for knowing what Specified Systems are installed in their buildings and that these are listed correctly on their Compliance schedule.

    Owners are responsible to ensure:

    • Each of the Specified Systems are performing and will continue to perform to the performance standard.

    • Provide Council with an annual BWOF on the anniversary of the BWOF renewal date on the Compliance Schedule, accompanied with a Form 12A from an IQP, for each Specified System and any recommendations of amendment to the Compliance Schedule.

    • Compliance Schedule should be kept at the place stated on the schedule.

    • The Compliance Schedule is available for inspection by any person or organisation with the right to inspect the building under the ACT.

    • For the first 12 months after the Compliance Schedule is issued that the compliance statement is displayed in a public place within the building and after 12 months that the BWOF is displayed.

    • To obtain annual written reports relating to the inspection, maintenance and reporting procedures of the Compliance Schedule.

    • Annual reports, together with the Compliance Schedule are be kept for a period of 2 years and produce these reports when required.

    Recommendation to owners

    • Engage with an IQP from the Day that the Compliance Schedule is issued.

    • Advise Council if the IQP will be your agent and if they are to receive all communication with the owner.

    • Letters in lieu will not be accepted for SS1 /SS2 and all other systems will be agreed on by council on a case by case.

    Email documents or contact us for further information at:

    buildingWOF@qldc.govt.nz

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  • We will be following the guidance issued by the Ministry for Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) in relation to Building Warrant of Fitness and any unfulfilled inspection, maintenance and reporting (IMR) procedures as outlined below.  If there are no unfulfilled IMRs the owner should be able to supply a BWoF as normal. 

    The Building Act 2004 (the Act) requires completion of all IMR procedures in the buildings compliance schedule for the previous 12 months, in order for a BWoF to be issued. Unfortunately, the Act does not provide any flexibility or exemptions to this requirement. This means for those buildings where IMR procedures have been missed, at the time the next BWoF is due, a valid BWoF will not be able to be supplied or displayed.  Following the requirements outlined below will provide reassurance that the specified systems are currently performing as required and information about any missed IMR procedures.

    Building Systems Status Report (BSSR)

    When a BWoF is due, but cannot be supplied and displayed because IMR procedures were missed, the owner should issue a Building Systems Status Report (BSSR) which:

    • states that a BWoF cannot be supplied or displayed because one or more IMR procedures were missed due to Covid-19 Alert Level restrictions
    • states that this document has been issued in lieu of a BWoF
    • lists the specified systems contained in the building where IMR procedures have been missed in the previous 12 months
    • lists the specified systems contained in the building where IMR procedures have not been missed in the previous 12 months
    • states that all specified systems are currently performing to the performance standards.

    When supplying the BSSR to the local council, the owner should also attach:

    • all form 12As for the specified systems where no IMR procedures have been missed
    • a Specified System Status Report (see below) issued by an IQP for each specified system where IMR procedures were missed.

    Specified System Status Report (SSSR)

    Where IMR procedures have been missed, an individual report (SSSR) for each affected specified system should be issued by an IQP which:

    • states the specified system
    • states that a Form 12A cannot be issued because one or more IMR procedures were missed due to Covid-19 Alert Level restrictions
    • lists the IMR procedures for that system as stated in the compliance schedule (eg daily owners inspection and monthly IQP inspections)
    • lists the IMR procedures that were missed in the previous 12 months and the reason the procedures were missed (eg 1 IQP inspection due in April 2020 and 30 daily owners inspections were missed due to the temporary closure of the building and Covid-19 restrictions preventing access to the building systems)
    • lists any procedures that were put in place to ensure the continued operation of the specified system during alert level 4 restrictions (eg minimal repair or maintenance)
    • states that the specified system is/is not currently performing to the performance standard
    • states whether the missed IMR procedures have materially affected the ability of specified system to perform to the performance standard for that system.

     

    The building owner should supply a BSSR to us on the anniversary of the issue of the compliance schedule and publicly display a copy of the BSSR in the building.

     

    Failure to comply

    Failure to follow these procedures may result in an owner not meeting their responsibilities under the Act causing an offence under section 108 and / or breaches of section 164.

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  • The Building Act 2004 allows council to undertake auditing of building’s warrant of Fitness (BWOF). These audits are to ensure the Warrant of fitness is procedures are in place, the compliance schedule is accurate and that the building owner is fulfilling his obligations.

    These Audits can take once a year or as appropriate according the complexity of the building. The audit will involve an onsite inspection of the building, and a review of the maintenance records of the specified systems on your compliance schedule.

    Sections 100 to 108 of the Building act 2004 outlines the owners obligations to ensure that the compliance schedule is up to date, the inspection maintenance and reporting procedures are fully met and that the records are avail be to council on the audit inspection. These sections of the building act identity the consequences for the building owner should there be any non-compliant issues.

    During an onsite Audit council will check the following:

    • The current Warrant of fitness (Form 12)  is displayed in a public place
    • The owner’s inspection manual is present with the compliance schedule and inspections of both owner and IQP are present.
    • Evidence of 2 year’s worth of inspection from all previous and current IQPS are listed and checked as per the compliance schedule ie. Systems that are shown on the Compliance schedule as weekly is signed weekly. That the IQP Name and Number is displayed on the form they are signing.

    The Auditor will then take a walk through the building to ensure that the compliance schedule is accurate, The officer will advise if there are additional systems that are not on the Compliance schedule and either a notice to fix or a Certificate of acceptance will be requested to add these to the compliance schedule.

    Having your IQP/ Agent present in the Audit can assist in getting the information completed in a timeously manner 

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Residential swimming and spa pools

The Building (Pools) Amendment Act 2016 repealed the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 and inserted requirement for residential pools safety in the Building Act 2004.

Some key changes were:

  • Residential swimming pool barriers must be inspected every three years.

  • ‘Safety covers’ are now able to be used as a barrier for small heated pools (IF certain other criteria are met.)

  • Territorial Authorities, like QLDC, have better tools to enforce pool barrier requirements, including Notices to Fix and Infringement Notices.

  • All owners of pools that are not defined as ‘small heated pools’ are required to notify QLDC.

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  • Legislation wording changed; the term 'fencing' has been replaced with 'barriers'.

    This allows owners of above-ground small (less than 5m2) heated pools (i.e. spa pools), or spa pools, that meet other criteria, to use lockable lids as a 'barrier' to prevent access, when not in use.

    What is a safety cover?

    It must:

    • Restrict the entry of children when closed (i.e. held in place with straps fitted with lockable snap fasteners or metal padlocks.)

    • Be able to withstand a reasonably foreseeable load (i.e. capable of supporting a vertical point load of 20kg.)

    • Be able to be readily returned to the closed position.

    • Must have signage indicating its child safety features  (i.e: signage that states ‘WARNING: This spa pool cover must be kept locked except when under adult supervision’ fixed on two opposite sides of the cover.)

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  • Owners must have their pool barrier inspected, to ensure continued compliance.

    Inspections are required every three years.

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  • In this legislation, even more responsibility for pool safety is put on the owner.

    The responsibility depends on the type of pool and its location (e.g. home, rental, commercial).

    Responsibilities sit with:

    • The owner of the pool.

    • The pool operator.

    • The owner of the land the pool is on.

    • The occupier of the property the pool is on.

    • If the pool is available for hire, the person who is hiring the pool.

    • If the pool is on premises that are not subject to a tenancy (under the Residential Tenancies Act 1986) but the pool is subject to a lease or is part of premises subject to a lease, the lessee of the pool or the premises.

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  • All pool owners must notify QLDC of the existence of a pool on their property, so pool inspections can be coordinated. Please use this form: AF SPN Swimming Pool Notification.

    A fixed fee is payable for registration. This is a one-off fee required for administration costs associated with the inspection program and maintaining the pool register.

    The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has more guidance for pool owners.

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  • All pools at a home or accommodation location (e.g. campground, hotel, motel, hostel) are required to have a barrier that restricts access and be inspected.

    A ‘pool’ is classified as any structure or excavation normally used for swimming, paddling or bathing.

    It includes any product, that is not a normal bath, which is designed or modified for swimming, wading, paddling or bathing. This does not include an artificial lake.

    What is not a swimming pool?

    Spa pools and hot tubs are designed for therapeutic or recreational use. These are referred to as 'small heated pools' in legislation. Fencing and inspection requirements may apply to your spa pool depending on its size.

    If a spa pool's water surface area is less than 5m2, and its sides are higher than 760mm above the adjacent floor or ground, and the walls of the pool inhibit climbing, then a lockable safety cover (with safety signage) is permitted.

    Otherwise an alternative barrier and periodic inspection requirements will apply.

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  • Every residential pool must be inspected every three years, within six months before or after the pool’s anniversary date.

    QLDC notifies you when an inspection is pending (excluding when the inspection is required as a condition of a historical exemption issued under the now repealed ‘Fencing of Swimming pools Act 1987’.

    Inspections are done by the local Territorial Authority (QLDC) or by an Independently Qualified Pool Inspector (IQPI) approved by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE). The pool inspector public register is here.

    If using an IQPI, they must submit to QLDC a Certificate of Periodic Inspection. If QLDC is not satisfied with the certificate, QLDC has 7 working days to notify MBIE giving reason(s) for not accepting the certificate. Both IQPI and Territorial Authorities charge for inspections.

    The Council is required to notify the pool owner of an upcoming inspection regardless of who carries out the inspection and is required to hold the inspection records. The person carrying out the inspection has the authority to read the previous pool records prior to the inspection.

    If the pool does not pass inspection, a Notice To Fix will be issued. The Owner will have to address the compliance issues within the timeframe stated in the notice. Failure to comply with a Notice To Fix results in an Infringement Notice and fine, and potential prosecution.

    Owners must ensure all compliance requirements are met. If not, the pool may not be filled with water.

    QLDC encourages pool owners to regularly check pool barriers and surrounding areas to ensure continued compliance and to promptly do safety maintenance.

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  • NZ Building Code: F9 (Means of Restricting Access to Residential Pools).

    Access barriers such as pool fencing, boundary fencing or the wall of a building must comply with Clause F9. Means can include:

    If the Territorial Authority (TA) is not satisfied a design satisfies compliance with F9, the TA may insist you apply for and pay for a MBIE determination.

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  • The Building Code 2004 and Local Government Act 2002 required the protection of public water supply from cross contamination between potable (drinkable) and non-potable supplies.

    Pools may require the installation of a backflow prevention device; the minimum requirement being an atmospheric vacuum breaker fitted to the hose tap used to fill the pool.

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Certificate of Acceptance

A Certificate of Acceptance (COA) may be issued by QLDC for work that requires a building consent, but has been carried out without that consent having first been obtained.

It allows for certification of work that has, for example, been carried out urgently because of safety issues and where there has not been time to apply for and obtain a consent because of an emergency.

The building work still has to conform to the Building Code.

Only building work undertaken after 1 July 1992 can be considered for a Certificate of Acceptance.

Applying

If you apply for a Certificate of Acceptance you will need to provide evidence (usually from a professional such as an engineer) of how the work complies with the Building Code, including those parts of the work that we cannot inspect. The application may be for all or part of a building.

The Application for Certificate of Acceptance form must be filled in, submitted and the application fee paid.

Acceptance of application

If QLDC is prepared to accept the application, detailed plans and specifications of the work will need to be lodged, just as for a Building Consent application.

Grant or decline?

After necessary investigation, the application for a Certificate of Acceptance is either granted then issued, or declined.

A declined application necessitates a Notice to Fix being issued. This specifies what remedial work is required to ensure the building work complies with the Building Code.

More information

Refer to Certificates of Acceptance on the MBIE Building website. Only use the QLDC Form 8 for applications to QLDC.


Earthquake-prone buildings

From 1 July 2017, there has been a nationally consistent approach to the assessment and management of earthquake-prone buildings (EPB), along with a standardised notice and national public register of earthquake-prone buildings.

Find out more about this legislation:

Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016

  • The system for managing earthquake-prone buildings targets buildings and parts of buildings that pose the greatest risk to public safety or other property in a moderate earthquake event.

    Find out more:  MBIE Guidance: Managing earthquake-prone buildings

    Under the new system for managing earthquake-prone buildings, territorial authorities, engineers and building owners have key roles to play:

    • Territorial Authorities identify potentially earthquake-prone buildings.

    • Owners who are notified by their territorial authority must obtain engineering assessments of the building carried out by suitably qualified engineers.

    • Territorial Authorities determine whether buildings are earthquake prone, assign ratings, issue notices and publish information about the buildings in a public register.

    • Owners are required to display notices on their building and to remediate their building.

    There are set timeframes, based on the seismic risk of the area you are in. Our district is located in a high risk zone - this means the timeframes for response actions in this district are reduced.

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  • Territorial authorities (local councils) are required to identify potentially earthquake-prone buildings. The EPB methodology sets out how to do this.

    Find out more about the methodology please visit:  Identifying potentially earthquake-prone buildings

    To view the list of potentially earthquake-prone buildings in our district, please see below.

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  • When a territorial authority identifies a building as potentially earthquake prone, the building owner is required to provide an engineering assessment for their building within 12 months from the date they are notified. The building owner can apply for one extension of up to 12 months in certain circumstances.

    Find out more:  Assessing potentially earthquake-prone buildings

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  • Territorial authorities determine whether or not a building or part is earthquake-prone. They normally make this decision after the building has been identified as potentially earthquake-prone and assessed by an engineer.

    The following profile categories are used to identify potentially earthquake-prone buildings:

    Category Description
    Category A  Unreinforced masonry buildings 
    Category B Pre-1976 buildings that are either three or more storeys or 12m or greater in height above the lowest ground level (other than unreinforced masonry buildings in Category A) Pre-1976 buildings that are either three or more storeys or 12m or greater in height above the lowest ground level (other than unreinforced masonry buildings in Category A)
    Category C Pre-1935 buildings that are one or two storeys (other than unreinforced masonry buildings in Category A)


    A key criteria for determining whether a building is earthquake prone is whether the building, or any element of it scores less than 34% when assessed against the National Building Standard (NBS).

    Find out more:

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  • Priority buildings are certain types of buildings in high and medium seismic risk areas that are considered to present a higher risk because of their construction, type, use or location. They may be buildings that are considered to pose a higher risk to life safety or buildings that are critical to recovery in an emergency.

    Priority buildings need to be identified and remediated within half the time allowed for other buildings in the same seismic risk areas.

    Find out more:  Guidance for Priority Building

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  • If a territorial authority determines that a building is earthquake-prone, it needs to:

    • Assign an earthquake rating for that building,

    • Issue an EPB notice to the owner to display prominently on the building, and

    • Publish the building information on the EPB register.

    There are two categories of ratings for earthquake-prone buildings prescribed in regulations. These categories determine which form of EPB notice is issued:

    • 0% to less than 20%

    • 20% to less than 34%

    Earthquake ratings are disclosed on the EPB notices and owners must display these in a prominent place. EPB notices also contain the deadline for owners to take action, by either strengthening or demolishing the building.

    The territorial authority must also update the public EPB register to make sure that the public can access up-to-date information on which buildings have been identified as earthquake prone and also see their earthquake rating.

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  • Owners of earthquake-prone buildings who have received an EPB notice must take action within set time frames. The time frames depend on whether the building is a priority building. 

    Owners can either strengthen their building so it is no longer earthquake-prone, or demolish it to remove the risk within the timeframe specified on the EPB notice. A structural engineer can provide advice on an approach that is suitable for the building.

    Owners of certain heritage buildings that are determined to be earthquake-prone can apply to their territorial authority for more time – up to 10 years longer – to strengthen their buildings.

    Owners of some earthquake-prone buildings may be eligible to apply for an exemption from the requirement to undertake the necessary seismic work to make their building no longer earthquake-prone.

    Find out more:  Guidance: Owners of Earthquake-Prone Buildings

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  • In 2018, we used MBIE methodology to identify potentially earthquake-prone buildings across our district. All buildings have now been assessed and are either classified as requiring no further action, or are on a central MBIE register.

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Land Information Memorandum (LIM)

A Land Information Memorandum (LIM) is a document that provides information held by QLDC about a specific property. They are commonly used by people such as prospective purchasers and sellers of a property, lawyers, real estate agents and valuers.

People are encouraged to get a LIM when considering whether to purchase a property as it could disclose information that could influence your decision.

  • A LIM will contain all or any of the following, as applicable:

    • Official address, legal description, and unit/flat number.

    • Special land features or characteristics including known hazards, for example potential for erosion, slippage, subsidence or flooding.

    • Private and public stormwater and sewerage (wastewater) drains as shown in QLDC records.

    • Rates information, for example annual rates payable and rates outstanding on the property.

    • Planning information - any resource consents or requisitions affecting the land, and information on zonings and designations. Information relating to the use to which the land may be put and conditions attached to that use.

    • Health information - any licences, registrations or requisitions, for example for food premises, health facilities.

    • Subdivision and developments - any known developments.

    • Building - any building consents/permits, code compliance certificates, existence of a swimming pool.

    • Information given to QLDC about the land or buildings and/or site designations imposed by any statutory body, for example Historic Places Trust.

    • Any other information that QLDC considers (at its discretion) to be relevant.

    Please note that a LIM can only provide information that QLDC  has on its records.

    QLDC may not have all the information required to make a sound decision about purchasing the property, therefore you should inspect the site and also get expert opinion on the property.

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  • A LIM will not provide full details of building restrictions applying to a site. If you are intending to buy a property for a particular future development or use, check your proposal against the rules of the District Plan.

    The Council cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information held on its files to match the property. It is important to realise that the LIM process does not involve any physical site inspection to compare accuracy of information, and it remains your responsibility to obtain appropriate independent professional advice.

    Copies of Building Plans and Specifications are not included in the LIM. They are available for viewing on our online portal eDocs by searching the relevant application number. Please note the LIM report itself is not available here as it is a confidential document.

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  • A LIM takes up to 10 working days to process.

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  • Complete the application form fully and provide all required documentation:

    Download: AF LIM Land Information Memorandum (LIM) Application

    Submit the completed application by email to:

    liminformation@qldc.govt.nz

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    • Residential $230.00
    • Commercial $350.00
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Project information Memorandum (PIM)

A Project Information Memorandum (PIM) is a report we issue either before, or in conjunction with, a Building Consent.

A PIM can help you decide whether your planning and building project is possible and practical, and will help you and your designer create effective plans.

If you are proposing to undertake any building work, it is recommended that you obtain a PIM.

For projects on difficult sites (or larger projects such as new commercial or industrial buildings) a PIM may prove very useful in establishing the feasibility and design of your project. It may prevent delays and reduce costs in the design of your proposal before getting to the building consent stage.

  • A PIM report provides information known to QLDC which is relevant to your building proposal. A PIM report will detail what authorisations are required other than the building consent for the project you are proposing. You will receive information on what you need to do to get that authorisation and what effect they may have on the design. Typical authorisations include:

    • Resource Consent if the proposal does not comply with the District Plan.

    • Connections to council services (i.e. water, sewer, stormwater.)

    • Food hygiene licences.

    • Liquor licences.

    • Historic Places Trust.

    • Evacuation scheme for fire safety.

    • Clean air requirements for fireplaces.

    • Existing drainage for the site.

    • Land information for the site that is known by Council, with an indication of what you should do about this. particularly relating to a range of Natural Hazards which may affect the property or building.

    If any Planning or District Plan issues are identified, then these will be detailed on a "Certificate Attached to Project Information Memorandum".  This will be attached to the PIM and will detail what authorisation is required.  Please be aware that this certificate will not prevent the Building Consent from being processed or issued, but you are not able to begin work until this has been resolved.  Therefore, inspections cannot be booked until this is resolved. 

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  • A PIM report may also identify that a Development Contribution Notice is required. A DCN is a financial charge levied on new developments. It is assessed and collected under the Local Government Act 2002. If a DCN is required then this must be paid before a Code Compliance Certificate (CCC) can be issued.

    If a DCN is required then this will be attached to the PIM and your Building Consent.  

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  • A PIM can be applied for through filling out the Form 2, also used for Building Consent applications:

    Options are:

    • Applying for a PIM only.

    • Applying for a Building Consent and PIM.

    • Applying for a Building Consent only.

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  • Guidance on fees is here, for the three options above:

    Fees for PIM only applications are:

    • Residential applications: $270
    • Commercial applications: $445

    The fee calculator for completion with Building Consent and PIM applications is here:

    Note: ensure floor areas of building work, and building work estimated values, match exactly on Form 2 and AF CALC. Building work values should be GST inclusive.

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  • There is a statutory maximum timeframe of 20 working days for the processing of a PIM.  Once the PIM has been processed and issued, a copy will be sent via email to the first point of contact nominated on the Form 2.   

    Delays associated with requesting further information (RFI) will result in the processing clock being stopped until the requested information has been received.

    MBIE have defined that working day means a day of the week other than:

    • Saturday, Sunday, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Anzac Day, the Queen’s Birthday, Labour Day, and Waitangi Day.

    • Note: if Waitangi Day or Anzac Day falls on a Saturday or a Sunday, then the following Monday is.

    • Otago Anniversary Day.

    • The period beginning on 20 December and ending on 10 January in the following year.

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What building work is exempt?

Before starting a building project, you should work out whether it requires a Building Consent or is exempt.

If you intend to do repairs or alterations, or have them done without a Building Consent, getting professional advice first is recommended. It is not for QLDC to provide this.

Keep records of the work done, and who carried out the work.

There are two types of future building work

  • Building work that requires a Building Consent (BC)

  • Exempt building work

Both types require building work done to the Building Code.

  • This is defined in Schedule 1 of the Building Act 2004. It is titled 'Building work for which building consent is not required'.

    Common questions arise with bathroom renovations/refurbishment. Generally this building work is exempt. As it falls within exemptions under Sections 1, 12, 32, 34 and 35.

    More guidance is on the MBIE Building website and in their detailed guidance document. It has examples of exempted and non-exempted work.

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  • There are two types of building work here:

    • Work automatically exempted under Schedule 1 of the Building Act 2004. MBIE provides detailed guidance here

    • Work that QLDC can make a discretionary exemption, under Schedule 1, Exemption 2. More QLDC information and the application form can be found below.

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  • It is the owner's responsibility to establish whether building work is exempted, and to make sure that decision is correct. It is not the responsibility of QLDC.

    The owner is also responsible for making sure any exempt work complies with the Building Code and any other legislation. Hence the recommendation to seek professional advice. This could include the:

    • Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Act 2006.

    • Electricity Act 1992.

    • Resource Management Act 1991 - consult with QLDC Planning when it is a Heritage or Character building, or there may be an effect on neighbours.

    • Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017.

    • Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996.

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  • In limited circumstances, QLDC can decide if Building Consent is not required (aka discretionary exemption). It is under Schedule 1, Part 1, Exemption 2 of the Building Act 2004.

    We have developed guidance criteria to assist owners with discretionary exemption. If a project fits one or more criteria, it strengthens the case for exemption, but it does not represent automatic approval and each request is judged on its own merits. It is QLDC's right to accept or refuse an application for discretionary exemption.

    The guidance criteria for exemption are:

    1. Building work with a value less than $20,444 (no BRANZ or MBIE levy requirement.)

    2. The following building work which do not fully meet the m2 area limitations of Schedule 1 Part 1 exemptions, which are references in brackets for each of the following:

    • Marquee and tents >100m2 floor area, to be used for a period of not more than one month.

    • Closing in an existing veranda or patio >5m2.

    • New porch, veranda or awning >20m2.

    • Carport >20m2.

    3. Building work for ‘simple, low-risk structures’, typically of Importance Level 1 from Building Code, clause 'A3 – Building importance levels', e.g.

    • Farm buildings.

    • Proprietary garage.

    • Bus shelter.

    4. Building work for ‘minor’ projects, but designed by a chartered professional engineer, e.g.

    • Fences and hoardings >2.5m in height, but excludes swimming pool fences.

    • Shade sail >50m2.

    5. Building work for more complex engineered projects designed and supervised by chartered professional engineers. This is either for temporary or permanent structures where QLDC considers the inspection procedures adequately covered by the engineer, e.g.

    • Construction or removal of a retaining wall located in a residential zone.

    • Decks, platforms, bridges, boardwalks and similar where fall height >1.5m.

    • Lighting towers.

    • Music stages.

    • Motorway tunnels and bridges.

    • Electrical substations.

    • Wharf repairs.

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  • Keep records will assist if selling your home in the future. Purchasers and agents are likely to have questions about building work done.

    This form can be filled in: 

    Importantly this information is simply uploaded. It is not checked or assessed by QLDC.

    The form, along with required supporting documentation, can be uploaded to QLDC's online property file for the address. This assists record keeping of compliance and may assist with future property sale.

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  • Even if exempt, the owner may consider applying for a Building Consent and a Project Information Memorandum (PIM). These ensure legal requirements are identified and provides appropriate documentation on the property file, that completed work is compliant.

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Policies on dangerous and insanitary buildings

To view our policy on dangerous and insanitary buildings, please click the file below.

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