Where your building work is a little outside the scope of exempt building work you can apply for a council discretionary exemption. A discretionary exemption can be granted if, once the work is completed

  • will likely comply with the building code, or
  • doesn’t comply with the building code but unlikely to endanger people or any building on the same land or other property.

Your application

  • should 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
  • will be considered on a case by case basis using the information you supply to make a decision
  • can’t be for work that has already been completed
  • has no statutory timeframe in which council has to make a decision – therefore allow plenty of time for processing your application in your planning.

Discretionary exemptions have no inspections carried out, and no code compliance certificate issued.

Responsibility for compliance is with you as the building owner.

If your application is refused you’ll be given a reason. Depending on the findings, you may be advised to apply for a building consent. Payment is still required to cover the time spent on reviewing your application. Time for assessing your application is on a time and cost basis – see our fee schedule for details.