It doesn't happen often, so let's praise it when it does. Nanny just stepped back a few inches: "New Building Act exemptions mean fewer projects require building consent." Don't get too excited however, it is only very few inches:
The types of building projects not requiring building consent have been increased due to new changes to Schedule 1 of the Building Act 2004.
Effective from 16 October 2008, the exemptions are part of a range of government initiatives to streamline the building and consent process by removing work of a low risk or minor nature from the consenting process.
Examples of building projects which no longer require a building consent include:
- Removal or alteration of a wall that is not a structural or bracing element.
- Awnings, pergolas or a veranda over a deck (15 sq m maximum).
- Installation or replacement of windows, exterior doors or roof windows, provided that structural elements are not modified.
- Alteration of dwellings to improve access for persons with disabilities, including doorway modifications and access ramps, but excluding wet area accessible showers.
- Internal shop or office fit out where the work does not modify, or require modifications to, any specified systems or means of escape from fire.
- Alterations to existing plumbing in bathrooms, kitchens, laundries and toilets, including minor drainage alteration (e.g. shifting a gully trap) but excluding new connections to services. Any such alterations must be carried out by a registered plumber in accordance with the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Act 1976.
- Erecting tents and marquees of up to 100sq m where they are for private use and up to 50sq m where they are intended for public assembly.
Stick up a marquee and have a party to celebrate.