Have your say: Consultation now open for MBIE’s proposed building law reforms

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) announced yesterday that consultation is now open for its proposed reforms that will bring the biggest changes since the Building Act 2004.

What’s proposed?

There are five key changes:

  • Building products and methods – increasing the quality of information about building products, holding people accountable for those products, and reducing risks of building defects;
  • Occupational regulation – ensuring occupational regulation is proportionate to safety risks and broadening the definition of restricted building work;
  • Risk and liability – requiring guarantees and insurance products to be put in place for all new builds and significant alterations;
  • Building levy – reducing the levy rate and standardising level thresholds across Building Consent Authorities and broadening the scope of the levy; and
  • Offences, penalties, and public notification – increasing maximum financial penalties under the Building Act 2004 and extending timeframes for enforcement agencies to lay charges.

Read the proposed changes in full here.

These proposed reforms have been introduced simultaneous to the ‘Construction Sector Accord’, and following MBIE’s recent release of its proposed 4th edition to the Government Procurement Rules.

How to make a submission

There are three ways to have your say:

  • Complete the online submission form here;
  • Complete the submission form here and send to building@mbie.govt.nz; or
  • Complete the submission form and post to:

Building Policy

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

PO Box 1473

Wellington 6140

New Zealand

Submission deadlines

Submissions close at 5pm on 16 June 2019.

Please contact us if you have further questions or would like assistance with submissions.

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