In Auckland, the rules and regulations regarding the size of structures that can be built without a permit are outlined in the Auckland Unitary Plan. The specific criteria for exempted development can vary based on the zone in which the property is located. Here are some general guidelines:
- Residential Zones: In residential zones, you can generally build a detached accessory building (such as a shed or garage) up to 10 square meters in floor area without a permit. The building must comply with height limits, setbacks, and other requirements specified in the Unitary Plan.
- Urban and Town Centre Zones: In urban and town centre zones, the rules for exempted development are more restrictive. Generally, no building can be constructed without a permit in these zones, except for minor structures like fences, walls, and some small signs.
It’s important to note that while certain structures may not require a building consent, other requirements such as compliance with the New Zealand Building Code, district plan rules, and other regulations still apply. It’s always advisable to check with the Auckland Council or consult a professional to ensure compliance with the specific regulations and requirements for your property.
Please keep in mind that regulations may change, and it’s best to consult the official sources or contact the Auckland Council directly to get the most up-to-date and accurate information for your specific circumstances.