It may come as a surprise, but installing a “wet area” shower in your home requires building consent.
Although a number of building consent authorities are inconsistent with their approach and the Building Act 2004 (“the Act”) doesn’t explicitly state that tiled showers require consent, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s advice is that this type of building work is outside of the exemptions noted in the Act and therefore consent is required. The reason for this is that when installing this type of shower, critical building work is required to ensure, for example, waterproof membranes are installed correctly. The consequences of not complying with the relevant standards can be significant; not only in terms of having to re-do the work, but also with regard to the extensive damage which can occur to other rooms in the house.
Home owners also put themselves at risk when selling a property with a wet area shower that does not have consent as the standard Auckland District Law Society Agreement for Sale and Purchase contains warranties that all building work has been completed legally with the relevant consents having been obtained.
If you require assistance regarding the sale or purchase of a house with a wet area shower, please contact us to discuss.