Do I need building consent for a pergola?

Posted by Mitchell Stewart on 7/29/20 9:20 AM

On the 24th of May 2020 the New Zealand government announced changes to the Building Act which means that a number of smaller home improvements and renovations would be exempt from costly consents. Low-risk building projects like sleep-outs, sheds, carports and verandas can now be undertaken without the need to go through the process of obtaining a consent – these projects must still comply with the Building Code, however.

These recent changes have made it a lot easier for Kiwis to complete smaller building and renovation projects like adding sun shading systems to their properties. So, you may be wondering where does a pergola fit in with the Building Act, and do I need building consent for a pergola?

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Topics: Building compliance, Pergola, NZ building consent

Aurae – the architect's partner

Posted by Mitchell Stewart on 3/19/19 10:49 AM

Aurae partners with architects across New Zealand to deliver louvre solutions that add value to residential buildings. Our collaborative and problem-solving approach ensures that the architectural brief is met, while also ensuring the design is compliant with the building code and is designed in the most cost-effective manner.

Here are just a few things we can help with, for your next project.

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Topics: Residential louvres, Building compliance, Louvre, custom louvre, Architects

NZ building code basics

Posted by Mitchell Stewart on 7/18/18 1:51 PM

While not all structures in New Zealand need consents to build, they do need to comply with the building code. This ensures all buildings are safe to use and will stand the test of time. While most of the people in our audience already have a strong understanding of the building code, it can be helpful to have a simple version to refer to or provide to your clients to give them a broad overview. This is why we have broken it down into a simple and easy to understand overview as follows.

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Topics: Building compliance