Building Platforms & Site Works
On the last edition I provided some guidance on site works and creating building platforms and the requirement for building consent in certain situations. However, in doing so I have inadvertently created some confusion (apologies for that), so I would like to provide clarity around this area of work with some common examples.
These are only common examples. If in doubt, please get in touch with us for advice.
Some examples of when a building consent is required would be:
Examples of when a building consent may not be required:
- Any site preparation that involves filling of an area for the purpose of a building to be located in that area at any time in the future.
- This work shall be designed by a suitably qualified design professional eg structural and or Geotech engineers.
NOTE: (remember to consider if a building could be located on the site in the future)
- Building up a site for landscaping purposes only
- Clearing a site by cutting and filling, making it more presentable for sale
- Disposing of clean fill onto a site to level it up (hollows or elevated sites providing you are not altering a natural water course)
If you want to do any of the above or you have been engaged by the owner to do so, there are some important things to consider:
- What is the reason for filling the site, its “intended use”?
- If it is intended to erect or locate a building on the site in the future you must engage a suitably qualified design professional (structural and or Geotech engineer) to ensure the fill is designed and placed (engineered) to suit and apply for a building consent.
- If you are contemplating doing any site works, it would be a very good idea to discuss this with the council building team first so that you can set off in the right direction and that your project will be fit for purpose.
PLEASE BE AWARE that carrying out building work without a consent can result in hefty penalties so please ensure you check first before doing anything.