Exempt Building Work
You often don’t need building consent for low-risk projects.
For a full list of building work that doesn’t need a building consent, visit the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment's Building Performance website's Exempt building work guidance section. Alternatively you could use the New Zealand Government site "Can I Build It" to see if your project is exempt.
Like all building work, exempt building work must comply with the building code and other relevant legislation, so it’s important to understand the implications of what you are doing before you do the work. Resource consent may be required. Even if building work is exempt, you can still choose to apply for a building consent. You can apply for a discretionary exemption from building consent. We recommend talking to us before applying.