The Building Act 2004 allows for some building work to be carried out without obtaining a building consent. We explain how to apply for an exemption from a building consent with the Council.

Getting an exemption means:

  • Less documentation and cost for you
  • Shorter processing times
  • your approved projects can be started sooner.

Exemptions from building consent fall into two categories, work that is automatically exempted by the Building Act 2004, and other work where the Council can decide to exempt the work under Schedule 1(2) of the Building Act.


Work automatically exempt under the Building Act

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) provides guidance on building work that is automatically exempt under the Building Act.


Exemptions considered by Christchurch City Council

The Council considers applications for exemption on a case-by-case basis where the work is:

  • carried out by suitably qualified and experienced persons with a proven record of competence in similar work, and
  • a clear understanding of the Building Act and building code is demonstrated in the application, and
  • assurances are given as to how compliance with the New Zealand Building Code will be achieved.

Each application will be considered carefully by a team dedicated to exemption applications. 

For further information on the Council's process refer to information sheet B-390 Building work that does not require a building consent [PDF 204KB] .


Apply for exemption from building consent

Apply using Application for an exemption from building consent (Form B-004) [PDF 122KB].

Before making an application please refer to information sheet B-391 Guidance on presenting high quality applications for exemption  [PDF 118KB].

We encourage you to submit your application using Online Services. You will need to register to use this service, however using the Online Services system minimises administration time for the Council and can lead to faster processing times.


Fees


Refer to the Building Consents Fee Schedule for information on exemptions from building consent.

Please note: that fixed fees and minimum application fees do not always cover all of the consent related costs of an application.