Major changes arise from Building Act review

Issue 22 – November 2010

The Government is planning to make a number of changes to the laws governing building, as a result of the year-long review of the Building Act 2004.

The changes include new contracting and information disclosure requirements for residential building work, more exemptions from the need for a building consent, and future changes to the consenting system.

The Minister for Building and Construction Maurice Williamson says the planned changes set the scene for an efficient and productive sector that stands behind the quality of its work.

The changes form part of the Government's better building blueprint and sit alongside other initiatives to drive improvements in building quality, including the licensing of building practitioners and improved education about New Zealand Building Code requirements and how to meet them.

The Department of Building and Housing acknowledged the Sector Reference Group for its input and advice.

For more information about the key changes visit the Building Act review section of the Department of Building and Housing website ( and read the links to the Department of Building and Housing articles below:

Summarised from Codewords 43, October 2010, Department of Building and Housing.

Published in building.