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Building work you can do yourself (DIY)
Do it yourself
There is some work you can do yourself, as long as you meet the
Building Code requirements.
A project like building a fence or retaining wall may still need a resource consent, even though a building consent may not be required, so it's important to
check before you start work. If you are unsure whether a resource consent is required, contact us before undertaking any building work.
You can call us on 09 301 0101 and ask to speak to the building helpdesk, or visit one of our
We recommend you also seek the advice of a building professional before deciding whether the building work is exempt.
You can still apply for a building consent even if the work is exempt.
Building work for which you don't need a consent
If a residential building project does not require a building consent, as a building owner you are still responsible for making sure that any building work complies with the
If you need a resource consent for your project, you need to get this before you can start your building work.
You may need to contract a professional for some types of work, even if you don't need a consent.
As the owner, you can place a record on your property file regarding work you believe to be exempt from needing consent.
Add a record of exempt building work to a property file.
Find out more
|Make a change to a building consent||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/building-consents/making-change-building-consent||Make a change to a building consent||Check if you need a minor variation or an amendment when you need to make a change to your building consent.||aspx||Building consents|
|Owner-builder exemption for restricted building work||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/consent-exemptions/Pages/owner-builder-exemption.aspx||Owner-builder exemption for restricted building work||Before you apply for an owner-builder exemption, make sure you understand what is required.||aspx||Building consents|
|Request an exemption from needing a building consent||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/consent-exemptions/Pages/request-building-consent-exemption.aspx||Request an exemption from needing a building consent||Find out how to request an exemption from needing a building consent.||aspx||Building and consents|
|Add a record of exempt building work to a property file||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/consent-exemptions/Pages/add-record-exempt-building-work-property-file.aspx||Add a record of exempt building work to a property file||Find out how to place a record of work you believe to be exempt from a consent, on your property file. ||aspx||Building and consents|
|Why we have building and planning rules||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/ask-for-guidance/Pages/building-planning-rules.aspx||Why we have building and planning rules||How we ensure all significant building work is safe, durable, sustainable, and poses no health and safety risks to users.||aspx||Building and consents|
|Restricted building work that needs to be done by a professional||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/building-and-consents/building-consents/Pages/restricted-building-work-done-by-professional.aspx||Restricted building work that needs to be done by a professional||Check if the work you want done needs to be done by a building professional. ||aspx||Building consents|