Decks and balconies - playing it safe
- Valid from
- Information provider
- Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
- Information type
- Section 175 guidance
Decks and balconies supported by untreated, kiln-dried timber may pose a safety risk, particularly where water pools rather than drains away. Decks and balconies more than 1.5 metres above the ground need a building consent. However, even consented balconies could be unsafe. They must also be maintained throughout their life.