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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:
- potable water, and
- structural safety.
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.
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:
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