The NZ Building law gets stricter every year 年々厳しくなる建築の法律

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Kitchen Broken

 

This month we applied for a Building Consent to change a ground floor space that consists of workshop and garage sized about 60m2 to living space in West Auckland.
Currently the space is just large, but our project is a huge renovation that we will install a Japanese bathroom, bedroom, office, living room and mini kitchen that doesn’t have cooking equipment (=BAR).
However, recently the council that grants building permission seems to change the correspondence. It becomes harder to obtain permission for a part of renovation, which is BAR AREA. The BAR AREA is a small sink for washing cups, and it was no problem before but now it is highly likely that they don’t allow building BAR AREA.
Usually the council response slowly but this time unfortunately we have got a letter saying that “we cannot allow the BAR AREA” soon afterward the submission. It has been serious condition before this case, but also it was a refusal.
For the main reasons why they cannot allow it, we think it’s because of the less capacity of existing infrastructure and delay of the maintenance for new establishment. More owners have installed the BAR AREA and used that as mini Kitchen for new tenants to get extra income. Then the drainage issues that I pointed above happen, and also it could affect neighbourhood because of the increase of traffic and on-street parking.
Lately lots of Granny Flats have been built due to the investment efficiency that the annual yield is 15-25% against the investment, but the council basically has already decided to prohibit building Granny Flat after 2016 because of the same reasons.
Considering the chronic housing shortage in Auckland and the delay of New-builds plan, we recommend that you should start acting before the further strictness of regulations if you are thinking Asset Management using your own existing property’s benefit.
【Japanese】
先日、WESTオークランドで、1F部分が作業場とガレージ合計で60m2くらいの空間を生活空間に変更するビルディングコンセント申請を行った。
現在はただ広い空間だが、そこに、日本式のお風呂とBEDROOM、OFFICE、LIVINGそして水回り設備の調理器具がないミニキッチンユニット(=BAR)を新しく作るというリノベーションをするというプロジェクトです。

しかし、建築許可を出す役所の対応に最近、変化が出てきた。前述のようなリノベーションに対してある一部分に関しては許可をださないようになってきた。それは、BARAREAである。BAR AREAはコップなどの小さなものを洗うための小さなシンクで、以前は問題なく許可が下りていたが、最近は、BARAREAの許可を出さない可能性が高くなった。

普段の行動は遅い役所なのだが、今回も残念ながら提出後すぐに「BARは認めない」という文書が来た。この案件以前にも厳しい状態だったが、今回も却下になってしまった。

役所が許可をしない理由として、既存インフラのキャパ不足や新設整備の遅れがもっとも大きい理由だと思われる。また、このBARを転用してミニキッチンとして活用して新たなテナントをいれて副収入を得る人が多くなってきた。そうなると、前述の排水問題の他に車が増える為に交通量の増加で道路路上駐車が増えたりなどの近隣への影響も考えられるからだろう。

最近、投資金に対しての年間利回りが15-25%などと投資効率の良いグラニーフラットがかなり建てられているが、これも役所は上記の理由で2016年を持って基本的に全て禁止となることが決定されている。

オークランドは慢性的な住宅不足で根本的な解決策である新規住宅の建設も予定よりかなり遅れているために、現存の土地の含み益などを活用して自己所有不動産の資産運用を考えている人がいれば、規制が厳しくなる前に行動をすることを勧めます

Author

岡部 正彦
岡部 正彦Japan homes Directer
Born in Japan in 1973. At University I learned Japanese History.

After graduation, I worked at a major Dental material company as a top salesman. In 2002 I firstly set my foot on land in New Zealand, and have started to engage in NZ Construction firm since 2004. From the 8 years' experiences at construction sites and sales experiences in Japan, I devote myself to satisfy customers from consultation to construction and after care services.

Within the first 4 years after the foundation, half of Japan Homes' customers were similar ages of mine. So that their life environment such as a number of children were also similar to mine therefore I was able to understand the customers' situations and wants more. Meanwhile there are also many customers of my father's generation, which is always appreciated because I can learn lots of good things from them.

We try our best to provide services that you satisfy, such as schedule, quality and after care service.

"I can trust you with any projects." "You are the man who I can rely on when I am in trouble." I enjoy working to get these words more times and to create as more smiles as possible.

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