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6 months 3 weeks ago #559121 by Traceedbayer
We are looking at purchasing a property that has a barn style shed. It says it is not consented as a dwelling. A kitchen and bathroom has been installed, so I was wondering how do we go about getting it compliant from the local council so that we can insure it as a dwelling?
We are in Kerikeri Northland.
Thankyou

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6 months 3 weeks ago #559122 by tonybaker
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well, it's not only a building consent you need but also a resource consent! In the first instance you will need to show that the building was built to the code, same with plumbing and power. The second usually involves getting permission from neighbours and proving that you are not going to pollute the area with septic tanks etc. Both of these can be obtained but it's a long expensive journey. Probably your best plan is to say nothing and take the risk re insurance?

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6 months 2 weeks ago #559156 by Alan Gilbert
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It would pay to get in touch with the Far North District Council  ASAP—BEFORE buying it—to avoid any nasty and expensive surprises further down the track.

The fact that it's unconsented as a dwelling does not of itself mean that it's unconsented as a shed (though you need to check that by sighting the consent yourself), but it does mean that the price should reflect the fact that it can't lawfully be used for human habitation. 

 

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6 months 1 week ago #559171 by tonybaker
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It does appear that your council is being more lenient regarding second dwellings. Here is and article I found on the net, not sure if it applies retrospectively. You could make it a condition of purchase that the "dwelling" meets the requirements of the district plan.

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6 months 1 week ago #559186 by Alan Gilbert
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I've just realised that you asked how you should contact the FNDC. They have an office in Kerikeri (where you say you live). It's in the Butler Centre in Kerikeri Road opposite the Caltex service station. They're very nice, but you're more likely to get sense out of them by approaching in person rather than on the phone.

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