Planning on buying land to build your new home? Read on
and learn how to avoid a couple of costly mistakes.
Buying land and building your own home can be exciting and fun,
but there are things that can trap the inexperienced and turn happy
faces to sad.
It goes without saying that all houses require strong
foundations. Soil type and land contour varies dramatically,
particularly in the Bay of Plenty. It is critical that the land you
are intending to buy has a suitable building platform and you are
aware of any additional requirements that may be imposed before the
local council will issue you a building consent.
Consent notices are documents that are registered on land titles
and which record conditions that the council imposes on the
land. These are commonly issued at the time the land is
subdivided into lots. A common consent notice is one which says
that further soil tests are required and a report by a suitably
qualified engineer on the building platform is required as a
condition of granting a building consent. It may also go further
and say that the foundations must be designed by a qualified
engineer. This will add to the cost of your new home.
Another issue to be aware of is that some councils refuse to
issue building consents where the land is or may have been
contaminated. The Ministry for the Environment has created a list
of such land parcels, referred to as "HAIL" ("Hazardous Activities
and Industries List"). The list contains a number of uses on the
land which the ministry says is likely to cause land contamination
resulting from hazardous substance use, storage or disposal. This
list is particularly relevant for residential sections in the Bay
of Plenty where the land was formerly an orchard.
Where soil tests show that land is contaminated, top soil often
needs to be removed and disposed of, and the site level is then
built back up. This can add considerable cost to a building
If you're undertaking a building project and require further
information or advice, contact Hamish Murray on 07 578 2149 or firstname.lastname@example.org