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What is the difference between a resource and building consent?

What is the difference between a resource and building consent?

A Resource Consent is formal approval granted by your local council under The Resource Management Act 1991 to use or develop land. A Building Consent is a formal approval granted by your local council under the Building Act that allows a person to carry out building work and where the building work meets the requirements of the Building Code.

What is a code of compliance?

What is a code of compliance?

A code compliance certificate is a formal statement issued under section 95 of the Act, that building work carried out under a building consent complies with that building consent.

How long does it take a council to approve plans?

How long does it take a council to approve plans?

Typically a council will take around 20 working days to grant consent. The process will take longer if the council requires additional information or changes to your plans.

How long will it take to build my new home?

How long will it take to build my new home?

The build itself generally takes around six months and plan for a 12 month countdown from the initial meeting with your builder to the completion of your home.

How do I make payments to epic during the build?

How do I make payments to epic during the build?

Progress payments are made at specific points during the building phase and relate to the ground works, framing, gibbing and electrics and plumbing stages of the build. Final payment is due upon issue of the code of compliance and then you can move into your new home.

Can I change my house plans?

Can I change my house plans?

Significant changes to plans will incur extra costs such as architect’s, engineering fees and further Building and Resource consents which will also add a time delay to your building project.

Can I change the interior of my new home?

Can I change the interior of my new home?

Anything is possible and specific changes would need to be communicated to your architect and builder in a timely fashion. Keep in mind that significant changes like moving interior walls may add further costs and will certainly delay the completion date.

Can I visit my new home as it is being built?

Can I visit my new home as it is being built?

Yes, but first seek confirmation and a time to visit from your builder. Health and Safety rules apply on all building sites so there is a protocol to be followed and safety gear that needs to be worn when entering any building site.

What is a Master Builders Guarantee?

What is a Master Builders Guarantee?

Master Build Services guarantees residential building work with a contract price of $25,000 and over and covers full-contract, labour-only and managed labour-only work carried out by a Registered Master Builder. Work by subcontractors, as well as materials and rot is covered, but conditions apply. Note: a Guarantee is not automatic upon hiring a Registered Master Builder - you must complete the documentation with your builder and ensure that it is sent through to Master Build Services.

What is a Registered Master Builder?

What is a Registered Master Builder?

Is a builder with building experience, trade or professional qualifications and practical management experience who can offer 10-year Master Build Guarantee. The builder’s workmanship is inspected and previous clients contacted, to ensure the builder’s work is of a high standard and has satisfied clients’ expectations. A Registered Master Builder must show they are financially responsible and provide references from a bank and an accountant.

How do I find a Registered Master Builder?

How do I find a Registered Master Builder?

The Registered Master Builders www.masterbuilder.org.nz and the Wellington Registered Master Builders Association

www.wellingtonmasterbuilders.co.nz websites provide details of Registered Master Builders in New Zealand.

The Wellington Registered Master Builders Association website provides professional advice on the building process and guidance to people choosing to build their own home
www.wellingtonmasterbuilders.co.nz

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The building book

A helpful book on the general building process.

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The Home maintenance checklist

This is a guide to regular maintenance that you should undertake on your home. Regular maintenance will ensure that your individual warranties remain valid.

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The progress payment guide

Details the timeframes of progress payments that are usually required during the building process.

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Homeowners pre-building checklist

A checklist of things to remember to do before you start the building process.

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The Building Act

The purpose of this Act is to provide for the regulation of building work, the establishment of a licensing regime for building practitioners, and the setting of performance standards for buildings, to ensure that:
  • People who use buildings can do so safely and without endangering their health; and
  • Buildings have attributes that contribute appropriately to the health, physical independence, and well-being of the people who use them; and
  • People who use a building can escape from the building if it is on fire; and
  • Buildings are designed, constructed, and able to be used in ways that promote sustainable development.
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