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Types of ACC housing modifications

Enable New Zealand manages four types of housing modifications for ACC.

  • Grab rail installations (48 hours urgent, 5 days non-urgent).

  • Minor modifications ― changes that don’t need building consent.

  • Standard modifications ― changes that need building consent.

  • Complex modifications ― changes that need building consent and extend the footprint of the house.

A housing assessor for ACC (independent occupational therapist) identifies what type of modifications are needed.

Grab rails

  • Installation of internal/external grab rails (standard ‘off-the-shelf’ lengths).

  • Commonly installed in the bath, shower, toilet, and back and front doors.

  • Note: A housing assessment is not required for grab rail installations. An ACC case owner or health professional can request this service.

Minor modifications

Modifications that do not require building consent include:

  • custom-made internal and external handrails

  • minor ramps less than 1m high

  • decks/landings less than 1m high

  • easy steps less than 1m high

  • low rise lifts

  • stair lifts (chair)

  • door widening

  • fencing/gates

  • hand-held showers.

Standard modifications

Modifications that require building consent include:

  • ramps exceeding 1m high and/or requiring multiple changes in direction

  • decks/landings in excess of 1m high

  • bathroom modifications including wet area showers

  • stair lifts (platform)

  • covered transfer areas

  • fencing/gates (building consent required)

  • kitchen/laundry modifications.

Complex modifications

Complex modifications need building consent and may extend the footprint of the house. They include:

  • extra bedrooms

  • ensuite bathrooms

  • extension of existing living spaces

  • through-floor lifts

  • new builds.