Safety and quality
We want New Zealand to have safe, healthy, durable homes and buildings.
We need buildings that are fit for purpose and comply with the relevant building standards and requirements. To achieve this, we develop fit-for-purpose regulation that ensures public safety and good quality homes and buildings.
On 28 February 2017 the government introduced a new requirement for owners of certain unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings to secure street-facing parapets and facades, in response to the 2016 Hurunui/Kaikōura earthquakes.
Building sector participants should manage their own building and housing obligations.
The Fire Programme is a review of the changes to the Building Code, Acceptable Solutions and Verification Method that came into force in April 2013 and amendments made in July 2014.
The Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016 was enacted by Parliament in May 2016. MBIE is currently consulting on proposals for regulations and a methodology that will support the new legislation when it takes effect.
The Disability Access review is a joint undertaking between the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and the Office for Disability Issues (ODI).
New pool safety legislation came into effect on 1 January 2017.
As the building regulator, MBIE monitors current and emerging trends in the building sector, including the lessons to be learnt following the Canterbury earthquakes.
Applying lessons from Canterbury to improve management of risks from natural hazards