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Storm Damage Repairs

On Thursday 1st February 2018 the Nelson-Tasman region was impacted by a king tide and storm surge created by ex-tropical cyclone Fehi. The combination of king tide, storm surge and high winds resulted in inundation and erosion of some low lying and coastal land.

Properties directly affected by ex-tropical cyclone Fehi may have experienced loss of structural support, physical damage and have damaged building materials where those materials are sensitive to moisture.

Ordinarily a building consent is required to reinstate building elements that contribute to the buildings structural performance, including bracing elements provided by linings to walls.

Council has established a ‘simple consent’ in order to streamline the process of obtaining a building consent and enable the timely reinstatement of wall linings, insulation, floor or wall structures, electrical services etc.

This ‘simple consent’ process is limited to domestic properties, due to the particular complexities of commercial property.  This is the best way to legitimise the work you will be undertaking.  It also means you will be able to apply for a code compliance certificate.  Council will endeavour to get these processed in less than the 20 working days prescribed by the Building Act 2004.

If you want to apply for a Building Consent please clearly identify that the building work is to repair damage sustained by ex-tropical cyclone Fehi on 01 February 2018. An application form can be collected from Councils Customer Centre, or apply online. The application fee is $375.

Alternatively, occupants of properties where water has inundated can advise what their proposed works are and see if they qualify for an exemption under the Building Act 2004, schedule 1, section 2.  Minor works are likely to be exempt under schedule 1, section 2, and if you want to apply for an exemption please clearly identify that the building work is to repair damage sustained by ex-tropical cyclone Fehi on 1 February 2018.  Download an application form TAM 006 (128KB DOCX).  The application fee is $100.

If you have already stripped wall linings to allow the building to dry out, don't panic but please do get in touch before you undertake reinstatement works.

Please contact the Team Leader Building Consents, or arrange a meeting with the Duty Building Officer if you would like to discuss this further.

Earthquake Prone Buildings and Substantial Alterations

If your building has an earthquake prone building notice, and you are planning alterations that require a building consent, you may have to include the required seismic upgrade work at the same time as the alterations.

Read full details and download an information sheet on MBIE's Building Performance website.


Ban issued by Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment - 1 July 2016

The Chief Executive of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has declared a ban, under section 26 of the Building Act 2004, on retrofitting or repairing foil insulation.

Read full details on MBIE's Building Performance website.