Building projects have different requirements and most projects require a building consent. Do you need a building consent? You are likely to require a building consent before you start any building work unless the work falls into the category of exempted work. For further information on the consent requirements for specific types of building projects see Build Waikato website. Find out how to apply for a buildng consent here. Exempted building work Though most building work requires a building consent, there is some building work you can do without one. Even if you don't need a building consent, all works must be completed in accordance with the Building Code. Information on what types of building projects may be exempt from requiring a building consent can be located on the MBIE website. If you are unsure whether or not you need a building consent, give us a call on 07 868 0200. Other requirements All building and land use projects must comply with the District Plan. If your project does not comply, you will need a resource consent. To check if you do, contact a Duty Planner by talking to our Customer Service team on 07 868 0200 or to arrange a meeting. Asbestos Asbestos is a hazardous substance that was used in the past in the manufacture of a wide variety of commercial and domestic construction products from the 1940's through to the 1990's. You need to think about the potential of asbestos being present before you carry out any building work. Find out more including what exactly is asbestos, hazards and risks, managing risks and requirements for removal on the Build Waikato website. The residential property gives an idea of where asbestos might be (click on the image to open a larger version).