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New building consent exemptions are almost here

From 31 August 2020, some building projects will no longer need building consents

   Added 4 years ago

From 31 August 2020, some building projects will no longer need building consents. This makes it faster and easier for home and building owners to turn their dreams into reality.

The full summary of upcoming exemptions is available on

Even though a building consent is not required, there are still rules to follow. All exempt building work must meet the Building Code and other relevant legislation.


Educational resources

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) have recently updated the exempt building work guidance and this is now available on their website.


View the guidance


A public information campaign will soon be live to raise awareness about the new exemptions and make sure homeowners know what to think about before they start exempt building projects.
MBIE are developing an online tool that will help homeowners better identify what building work does or doesn’t need a building consent and what rules they need to follow. This should be available later this year – we’ll keep the sector posted on when this will be ready.
They have also conducted a series of webinars with key sector stakeholders that discuss the upcoming exemptions in further detail. The presentation is available on demand for anybody who wants to learn more.

Watch the webinar

Lastly, to help homeowners find resources on how they should comply with the Building Code, here are some helpful links to relevant standards.

View information on how to comply with the Building Code

Over the next couple of years, MBIE will be developing and releasing new educational resources to help homeowners better understand how to comply with the Building Code. We’ll keep you posted as we progress.

If you have questions, please email the team at [email protected]

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