Planned to come into force at the end of August, the Government has announced that a building consent is no longer required for certain low-risk building work.

If you’re planning to do some work, it’s really important to get in touch with us before you start. We can help make sure you’ve got the appropriate cover in place if something doesn’t go as planned. You’re only covered if we know what work you’re undertaking and have agreed to provide cover.

The new additions to the Government classified low-risk building work includes:

  • carports (up to 40 SQM),
  • sleep-outs
  • ground floor awnings/verandas/porches (up to 30 SQM)
  • outdoor fireplaces
  • ground-mounted solar panels
  • single story pole sheds and hay barns (in rural zones).

Don’t forget that while a building consent may not be required, work must still comply with the Building Code as well as other relevant legislation. Regardless of what you’re planning we recommend that you always check if a consent and/or sign off on works are required.

More information on the changes are available on the MBIE website –  To find out more about your cover when building or renovating check out FMG’s Home, Rental and Employee House policies or simply call us on 0800 366 466.

Cover for home owners