Does battening and lining over over an existing damaged lathen plaster ceiling in a residential house require a building consent?

Does battening and lining over over an existing damaged lathen plaster (lath and plaster) ceiling in a residential house require a building consent?

Asked: 30 July 2015

Category: Consents, Rebuilds

Answers

Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment

28 September 2015

Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment advises:

The Ministry's 2014 publication Building work that does not require a building consent under the Building Act 2004 contains specific information in relation to your question. Refer to Exemption 12 (page 42) in regards to internal linings and finishes in existing dwellings. The Ministry’s guidance document can be found here »

It should be noted that the building owner is responsible for:

  • Determining whether or not their building work is exempt (ie does not require a building consent), and
  • Making sure that any exempt building work complies with the Building Code.

Where the proposed scope of building work is marginally beyond the scope of a particular exemption, it is recommended the owner talk to the council to establish whether or not council is prepared to exercise its discretion under exemption 2.

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