Reforming the building regulatory system and building and construction sector

Government has a significant programme of work to ensure the building regulatory system is efficient, and to support the building and construction sector to lift performance.

Tackling sector challenges

There are long-standing issues in the building and construction sector. These affect build quality and hold back productivity and innovation. A number of initiatives across government and industry are addressing the complex challenges through a reform of the building regulatory system and building and construction sector.

The Government’s building and construction regulator, Building Performance, is leading work to partner with industry, reform building law, build skills capability and modernise the Building Code.

Construction Sector Accord

The Construction Sector Accord was signed in April 2019 by Government and industry leaders. It sets out a shared vision, priorities for change and goals to work together for a high performing building and construction sector.

Since April, wider sector engagement and discussion has been carried out to define the detailed actions to achieve the priorities. The Transformation Plan is expected to be announced by the end of 2019.

Visit the Construction Sector Accord website(external link).

Building law reforms

Changes to building law are proposed to reform the building regulatory system. There are a number of proposals that contribute to the overall goal to lift build quality and provide fairer outcomes when things go wrong.

First phase of changes announced

Government announced the first phase of building law changes in October 2019. The main changes will make consenting easier and more efficient, especially for Modern Methods of Construction (such as off-site manufacturing and prefabrication). Building product information will be clear and available, and product suppliers and manufacturers will be accountable for their products.

More details on the changes and later phases are available on building.govt.nz(external link)

Building Code updates

The Building Code is updated bi-annually, in June and November. Public consultation(external link) will open prior to these dates.

The focus is on improving the current maintenance and risk settings in the Building Code and educating users. A more consistent programme of updates allows for clear minimum performance requirements. The Building Code is moving to better support sector innovation and best practice.

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Last updated: 10 October 2019