Building Sector News


Changes to pool fence rules

The Government has repealed the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 from 1 January 2017.The Rules are now part of the Building Act 2004 and owners’ responsibility for safety has not been relaxed as some may believe.

Proposed District Plan decisions

Decisions on submissions to the Proposed Invercargill City District Plan have been released. As a result of this, the Proposed District Plan has been amended and now has legal effect.

As there is an appeal period, all subdivision and development will need to comply with both the Operative District Plan and the Proposed District Plan, at least until 9 December 2016.

The decisions have amended a significant number of provisions in the Proposed District Plan, including minimum lot sizes, site coverage (which has returned to 40% in the Residential 1 Zone) and outdoor living space requirements.

There are brochures on the Planning Guides and Forms page that outline the key rules for the Residential, Otatara and Rural zones. The Proposed District Plan, showing the changes, is available on this page.

NOTE: It will pay to double check your development proposal with the Council’s Duty Planner (03) 211 1777 if you have any Planning concerns.


Land Information Memorandum

If you are considering buying a home or commercial building you should be aware that the Council holds some information that may be useful  for you to have as you make your decision.

This information can be  provided to you in a Land Information Memorandum (LIM).

A LIM  contains  a lot of information relating to a property and is  a very useful document to have as you do your due diligence.

  • For more information visit the LIM page.


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