Questions to help identify essential work

You can use these questions to help to determine whether work is essential or not.

  • Is the work needed urgently because there is a health and safety risk to users or occupiers of the building?¬†Example:
    • Essential work: Supplying a toilet could be required for a supermarket (which is allowed as it is operating as an essential service) or for a house where the sole toilet needs urgent repair (which is allowed as it an immediate health and safety concern).
    • Non-essential work: Providing a toilet for alterations in a house that has another functioning bathroom.
  • Is the work required to allow the person / organisation to be able to provide an essential service? Example:
    • Essential work: Providing flooring to a medical centre to replace a damaged product (which is allowed as it is an essential service).
    • Non-essential work: Finishing a renovation to a domestic property that does not present immediate health and safety risks.
  • Is the property being worked on occupied?
    Generally, work should be limited to buildings occupied over the duration of the Alert Level 4. If not occupied, work is only permitted if the building is required to provide an essential service.

    • Essential work: An unoccupied sewage pump station or a power transformer building (an essential building).

Source: MBIE