For example, the new use might increase the fire hazard or the risk to life.The fire hazard may increase because: Once the council receives advice about a change of use, they must confirm to the owner in writing whether they are satisfied that the building (in its new use) will meet the Building Code compliance requirements.You cannot make the proposed change until the council gives the owner written confirmation that the requirements of the Building Act have been complied with.

This has five categories: Includes all the Schedule 2 definitions.

The legislative requirements relating to change of use are in the Building Act 2004, including sections 114, 115 and 118.

*Updated June 2017 Please note: The detailed version of each code linked above is available here for your convenience.

However, the Office of the Revisor of Statutes publishes the official codes.

You could discuss your proposed change of use with your council in the early stages of your planning so you know whether your building will need upgrading.

The legislation refers to ‘change the use’ but the common term is ‘change of use’, which is how we describe it here.

For the purposes of the Building Act, that use is specified in Schedule 2 of the Regulations.

Schedule 2 divides the uses for all or parts of buildings into four broad activity groups: The four activity groups each have a varying number of use categories and there are 15 uses in total.

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