Have you considered whether the construction you are embarking on is considered building work under the Building Act? With creative new ways to build a home, it may be a fine line as to whether the structure is considered a building falling under the Building Act or a boat!
In 2017, a Building Consent Authority (BCA) issued a ‘notice to fix’ on a structure that they identified did not have building consent. The BCA and owner of the structure disagreed over whether the structure was a building or if it was a boat under construction.
For a BCA to exercise a notice fix under the Building Act, a structure needs to be considered a building and work on said structure must be considered ‘building work’ under section 8 of the Building Act. If the structure was a boat under construction, the work on the structure would not fall under the Building Act.
Criteria of a Boat Structure
What determines if a structure was a boat that would be used in navigating waters or whether it was a building with nautical-style design features is:
If the structure was ‘capable’ of being used on water
If the structure moved reasonably frequently from anchorage or mooring
However, when the boat is under construction it will still have features and characteristics of a boat and cannot be used on water because it is under construction, so it shouldn’t fall as a ‘building’ structure. In this case, if features such as an open section of the hull, a door, and mid-hull windows are identifiable then they class as a building and must be removed if it was to be determined as a boat structure.
Whether a building or a boat, when using scaffolding for its construction, it is important to keep safe and compliant when working at heights. For more details, contact Easy Access at 0800 004 334.