Building Act changes to lift the efficiency and quality of the building system

Published: 11 October 2019

Changes being made to the Building Act will make the streamlined production of prefabricated houses a reality, ensure builders have the information they need for the products they use, and make consenting quicker and cheaper, Building and Construction Minister Jenny Salesa announced today.

The changes address a number of long-standing issues in the building sector, including the long building consent timeframes which are costing New Zealanders time and money, and reducing the number of houses that can potentially be built each year.

For manufacturers who prove their systems and processes are compliant, there will be a new streamlined nationwide consenting process for prefab buildings.

As part of changes to the Building Act 2004, the Government has also decided to introduce minimum requirements for information about building products. Roles and responsibilities for manufacturers, suppliers and builders will also be made more clear, so the right person can be held to account if things go wrong.

A suite of other changes have also been agreed to that will ensure the Building Act is fit for the 21st century, and are part of a wider package of reform that aims to accelerate building including reform of the Resource Management Act.

Read the full news release on the Beehive website.(external link)

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