Wet area showers exempt work or not?
Wet area showers have become a controversial issue.
schedule 1 allows for sanitary fixtures to be moved and substituted as long as the total of fixtures is not increased.
MBIE guidance documents have suggested that wet area showers have to be considered differently from other shower fixtures
Initially this interpretation was applied to all tiled showers. When it was pointed out that the guidance document was wrong there seems to have been a face saving measure put into documents rather than a retraction. This amounts to a definition of wet area shower as being a level threshold (i.e. no threshold at shower tray.
The damage seems to have been done with councils still referencing out of date documents.
All building work has to comply with the building code whether consented or unconsented. Level threshold showers have challenges and need a higher level of competence with more risk but the reality is there is nothing in the ;law that says these need consent except non binding guidance documents.
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