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    Hello,
    I have a question about when a building consent is required. I have a 1960's property where the south side weatherboards need replacing. Some of the weatherboards have been taken off and some of the framing is also rotten. Some rot has also been found in one of the joists. At what stage does a building job move from repairs and maintenance to requiring consent?

    Thanks

  • #2
    Not sure what the letter of the law is but you don't want council involved. Just fix it man!

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    • #3
      you can replace the weatherboards under schedule 1 (1) (2) of the building act.\;

      http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/p...LM5770963.html


      There is an exception for failure of durability but it is arguable whether some trotted studs is in fact a strict durability failure as studs are liklly rotted due to consequence of failed boards not adue to a B2 Diarbility failure per se.

      There is also an exception for structural replacement but this is only if the replacement is substantial or complete replacement of the assembly contributing to building's structural behavior. A few studs is not substantial (compared to the whole building).

      Council may disagree with this and Auckland council(for one) have prosecuted for this, but were wrong to do so (and at least one case in under appeal)

      As fuzzlealve says; just do it. The consent which you could still obtain will cost more than the job!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by John the builder View Post
        There is an exception for failure of durability but it is arguable whether some trotted studs is in fact a strict durability failure as studs are liklly rotted due to consequence of failed boards not adue to a B2 Diarbility failure per se.
        Isn't durability supposed to be 50years ie houses are supposed to be built to last 50 years? So if this place is over 50 years old then wouldn't have failed the durability test?

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        • #5
          The structure is indefinete and at least 50 years.

          claddings are 15 years so the question is if it is at year 20-50 and cladding has allowed decay is this a failure of durability B2?

          Well I say no it is a failure of maintenance to maintain compliance. But if the cladding fails despite mainteance then that is B2 failure

          There is a paper here that seems to explain it? http://www.buildingconsultant.co.nz/...april_2013.pdf

          Durability should be understood as materials fit for purpose to ensure reasonable serviceable life and not the consequence of a leak from construction defect or damage to cladding that now allows ingress'
          Last edited by John the builder; 09-04-2018, 03:41 PM.

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