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    Default Pipe under proposed deck

    Hi all

    I thought I was ready to go to start building a free standing deck against the side of the house (no building consent required as it's under one meter high) but I realised today that a grey water drain pipe (from the kitchen) runs under the the area I want to deck.

    Does anyone know what the regulations are regarding covering the area above the pipe with a deck: Is a minimum height required (under the deck) to allow access to the pipe or am I even allowed to build a deck over the pipe?

    cheers

    Tim

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    Does the pipe have any access points?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherub65 View Post
    Does the pipe have any access points?
    No, it doesn't - it's an older property and the pipe runs from a gully trap directly under where I want to position the deck.

    Thanks

    Tim

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    Can you design deck with access to the gully, (drop in hatch maybe).

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    Yes, I can but I don't know what the building code requirements are - I suppose I can have a hinged opening across the deck to allow access to the buried pipe if the code requires it but that is what I don't know - what does the building code actually stipulate in this case where a pipe is under a structure?
    If I have to get a plumber in to dig and put some sort of access point for the pipe I think I might forget about building the deck!

    cheers

    Tim

    Quote Originally Posted by cherub65 View Post
    Can you design deck with access to the gully, (drop in hatch maybe).

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    There are thousands of structures over grey and sewage pipes, your local council will give permission in most cases with the proviso that you are responsible to provide access if/when required.

    My garden shed is on a slab over the main sewer line.

    The fact is that the chances of anyone having to access the pipe in minimal in the next 80 years.

    Even if there was a problem you could just unscrew a few slats.

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