Awning and Canopy Exemptions

Awning and Canopy Exemptions

Exemption of Schedule 1.

A building consent is not required for the following building work:

the construction, alteration, or removal of any fabric, glass, or metal awning on any building if the awning--
(i) is on the ground or first storey level; and
(ii) does not exceed 20 square metres in size.

This exemption relates to awnings that are currently attached or are to be attached to a building’s external envelope or exterior surfaces. Awnings may be constructed, altered or removed. Particular emphasis should be placed on the weather tightness detailing of such structures. All mechanical connections that penetrate the building envelope and provide support to awnings (eg, nuts, bolts, coach screws) must provide adequate resistance against moisture penetrating the building.
The size of exempted awnings has been limited because larger awnings are more likely to cause damage
to the buildings they are attached to or to adjacent property if they fail due to high winds. Such failure is also
more likely to cause injury to people. Awnings larger than 20 square metres require a building consent.


Examples where exemptions could apply: Examples where work is NOT exempt and a building consent is required.
An awning is to be attached above a deck at first storey level of a dwelling. The proposed awning has a total area of 20 square metres. The owner of a dwelling intends to install a fabric awning above an existing deck on the ground floor. The size of the awning is 30 square metres.
The owner of a retail shop installs an awning above the shop entrance on the ground floor. The awning has a size of 8 square metres. A awning is to be fitted to an apartment on the sixth
storey of the building. Though the awning only has a total area of 18 square metres, it is not exempt because it is above the first storey level.

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