Home improvements cheaper as building consent rules relaxed

Hon Jenny Salesa
Minister of
Building and Construction

Homeowners,
DIYers and builders are set to save both time and money from
today as rules that make basic home improvements easier and
cheaper take effect, Building and Construction Minister
Jenny Salesa says.

“Exemptions to the Building Act,
which remove the need for a consent for low-risk building
works, mean less red tape and lower compliance costs for
homeowners.

“It means certain structures can be built
for less without any unexpected hold-ups that may have
resulted from needing building consent. And it will also
help to improve the productivity of the building and
construction sector, supporting the COVID-19 recovery,”
says Jenny Salesa.

The new
exemptions cover single-storey detached buildings up to 30
square metres – including sleep-outs, sheds and
greenhouses; as well as carports, awnings, and outdoor
fireplaces.

Each year, the changes are expected to result
in 9,000 fewer consents for councils to process, and could
save homeowners up to $18 million in costs.

“These
exemptions are just one part of my broader building system
reform programme, which includes the Construction Sector
Accord Transformation Plan, the Construction Skills Action
Plan, Building Law reforms, the Building Levy reduction
which commenced on 1 July, and the recently announced
Building for Climate Change programme,” Jenny Salesa
said.

Guidance around the new exemptions can be found here

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