Where your building work is a little outside the scope of exempt building work you can apply for a council discretionary exemption.

Work completed under a discretionary exemption needs to comply with all building code requirements.

Note that:

  • discretionary exemptions can’t be issued for work that has already been completed
  • you will need to include the same level of information you would supply for a building consent
  • there is no request for further information process, so if it’s not supplied it can’t be considered
  • we consider applications on a case by case basis
  • there is no statutory timeframe for us to make a decision – so allow plenty of time for processing your application in your planning
  • there are no inspections carried out, and no code compliance certificate issued
  • responsibility for compliance with the Building Act and building code sits with you as the building owner.

When considering applications we

  • look at whether your work is being completed by qualified and experienced people
  • check that your application shows a good understanding of the Building Act
  • decide if your finished building work will meet the building code, or if it not then that it is unlikely to endanger people or any building on the same land or other property.

If your application is refused you’ll be given a reason. Depending on the findings, we may suggest you apply for a building consent.

No matter the outcome of our decision, payment is required to cover the time spent on reviewing your application. Charges are on a time and cost basis – see our fee schedule for details.