Find out if what consents you need when doing small kitchen and bathroom renovations.
The rules around kitchen and bathroom renovations
You need a building consent when installing new drains, sinks, toilets and showers, or tiled wet areas.
- digging new drains
- installing or replacing a tiled shower
- installing any new shower or toilet in an existing bathroom or laundry where a shower or toilet wasn't there before.
What you don't need consent for
You can do some minor plumbing and drain laying work without a building consent, like:
- repairs and maintenance to plumbing and drains
- minor alterations to drains
- altering existing plumbing (except water heaters).
Note: The work must meet the Building Code and be done or supervised by a registered plumber or drainlayer.
How to apply
The process to apply is the same as a regular building consent, but with fewer fees.
When applying for a minor works plumbing consent, make sure your documentation only:
- includes the building work that requires consent to
- the work shown on the plans remains under $5,000.
When you have all of the required documentation and are ready to lodge your application, you can do so through Objective Build.
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