Design and project management

This section of describes design and project management processes specific to weathertightness remediation projects, including the design process, contract documentation, pricing and tenders, and consent applications.

For more general information about drawings, specifications and contracts, see documentation and contracts in the new buildings section of this website.

The development of a remediation design follows these steps:

  • Brief preparation in consultation with the owner(s) or body corporate.
  • Preliminary design – the exploration of repair and improvement options.
  • Developed design – where design decisions, material choices and degree of improvement are finalised with the owner(s) or body corporate.
  • Consent/contract documentation – the preparation of the working drawings and specification for consent application and pricing.
  • Approval of repair plans by any body that may be assisting with costs.
  • Consent application/approval.
  • Quotes and finalising funding.
  • Commission repairs.
  • Final completion.
  • Maintenance of completed work.

For five years after 23 July 2011, homeowners could seek help through the Financial Assistance Package, where they shared the cost of repairs with the government and the local council. The scheme closed to new claimants on 23 July 2016.

Homeowners wanting to make a new claim about a leaky home today can lodge a claim with the Weathertight Homes Tribunal, or take action through the courts.

Be aware that under the current rules there is a deadline of the end of 2021 for claims to be accepted by the Weathertight Homes Tribunal. The house must have been built (or alterations giving rise to the claim were made to it) before 1 January 2012 and within 10 years of when the claim is brought. If a code compliance certificate was issued, this may be taken as the date the house was built.



Updated: 2 July 2017