Building a deck used to be one of the most common DIY house renovations, but not anymore! Under the Building Act, all building work must comply with the Building Code. This includes decks more than 1.5 metres from ground level. All building work must comply with the Building Act 2004 and the Building Code. The Act and the Code are legally binding and if you breach them or don’t obtain a building consent you may face penalties. 

There have been other changes to building code that have also affected decks. One example is that stainless-steel bolts and connections are now required instead of the old galvanised bolts. Decks are one example of why we have to stay up to date with the codes. There is also the recently reviewed NZS 3604:2011 Timber-framed buildings Standard.  This is the so-called ‘Builders’ Bible’ that guides trained professional building professionals. The changes in the regulatory environment are on-going and it important to remain updated with them and how they may affect your deck.  This also means that when we submit our estimate or quote we understand what is required to ensure compliance – meaning no surprises!

A quick assessment of your site will let us determine whether you will or will not need a permit. Generally, if a deck is less than 1.5M from the ground then it doesn’t need a permit, but higher than that and an engineer’s report will probably be required. Depending on the complexity of your deck and your budget, we may also need to involve a designer or architect.

Note that any ‘non-permitted’ renovations can lead to problems when you come to sell and/or insure/re-insure your property. Depending on the severity of the breach it may also affect your ability to claim insurance for a loss. Always talk to us first about what you are planning to do.