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Install a solar or heat pump water heating device

When you will need a building consent to install a solar or heat pump water heating device

If you want to install a solar or heat pump water heating system, you will need to apply for building consent.

You need a building consent to check that your solar water heating system meets various clauses of the Building Code, including:

  • weathertightness
  • potable water, and
  • structural safety.

See Apply for a building consent to install a solar or heat pump water heating device.

You may not need a building consent for certain work, like repair, maintenance, re-positioning or replacing of water heaters, as it might be exempt from a building consent.

Our tip

A certifying plumber and/or gasfitter licensed under the Plumbers, Gasfitters, Drainlayers Act 2006, should carry out any hot water installations.

As most systems require an electrical supply, we recommend you should engage a registered electrician.

Devices installed without a building consent

In order to verify that the installed appliance is safe to be used and complies with the New Zealand Building Code, you will need to:

See also:

​More about efficient water heating

See Request advice to make your home healthy and energy efficient.



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