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Home improvements cheaper as building consent rules relaxed

Home improvement works will become cheaper as building consent rules were relaxed today.

Homeowners, DIYers and builders are set to save both time and money from today as rules that make basic home improvements easier and cheaper take effect.

Changes made to the Building Act removes the need for a consent for low-risk building works, this means less red tape and lower compliance costs for homeowners.

The new exemptions cover single-storey detached buildings up to 30 square metres – including sleep-outs, sheds and greenhouses; as well as carports, awnings, and outdoor fireplaces. 

Each year, the changes are expected to result in 9,000 fewer consents for councils to process, and could save homeowners up to $18 million in costs.


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