Appendix C: Key events in the building consent system
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Following the initial design and implementation of the building consent system in 1991, there have been a number of significant events and regulatory changes that have influenced the way that people carry out their roles in the system.
|1991||Building Act 1991 enacted performance-based regulation of building work and a new national Building Code|
|1990s||Weathertightness issue emerges, contributing to evidence of systemic failures in the building industry|
|2004||Building Act 2004 enacted, setting stricter controls on practitioners, consent authorities and building products while retaining the performance-based structure|
|2006||Building Consent Authority Accreditation Scheme came into force, setting out the policies and procedures that a BCA must have to carry out building control functions|
|2007||Licensed Building Practitioners Scheme came into force, setting out the standards and skills required to carry out or supervise certain types of building work|
|2010||Review of Building Act 2004 found the system is working but is not creating the right incentives to improve productivity and is more costly than necessary|
|2012||Restricted building work regime came into force, setting out that certain residential building work is only allowed to be carried out or supervised by LBPs|
|2019||Introduction of the Building Law Reform Programme, which intends to strengthen the Building Act 2004, supporting a shift to new, more effective ways of building|
|2020||Announcement of the Construction Sector Transformation Plan, an action plan agreed between Government and industry to lift performance of the sector|
 Adapted from MBIE, 2013.