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.
- 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.
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
- hand-held showers.
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 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.