Occupational regulation reforms in the building and construction sector

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Submissions due: 06 April 2023, 5pm

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is seeking feedback on occupational regulation reforms in the building and construction sector.

The reform of occupational regulation is part of a series of changes to the wider building control system, called Building System Reforms.

Occupational regulation aims to protect the public from harm by ensuring services are performed with reasonable care and skill. We want to ensure occupational regulation is fit for purpose and is moving towards a consistent approach across the sector where appropriate.

Statutory reviews and previous consultations have identified some areas for improvement in the current occupational regulation regimes.

The 4 occupational regulation regimes we are seeking feedback on are:

  • Licensed Building Practitioners, including proposals for change regarding supervision and licensing, as well as seeking feedback on issues with competencies.
  • Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers and Electrical Workers including consulting on the scope of codes of ethics to help lift the quality of the work and promote public confidence.
  • Registered Architects, including a review of the current settings to determine if the regime is still fit for purpose.

Your feedback will help us ensure that the occupational regimes are workable, effective and efficient, and proportionate to the risks to public safety.

You are welcome to provide feedback only on the sections or questions that you consider relevant – for example, if you are a design professional interested in the Registered Architects review and Licensed Building Practitioners competencies, you could choose to only respond to the questions in those sections.

How to make a submission

You can make a submission using one of the following options:

1. Complete an online survey

2. Fill out the editable submission form and send your submission to building@mbie.govt.nz. Use the subject line ‘Occupational regulation consultation’

3. Fill out the submission form and mail your submission to:

    Occupational Regulation Reforms
    Building System Performance
    Building, Resources and Markets
    Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
    PO Box 1473
    Wellington 6140
    New Zealand

Please direct any questions that you have in relation to the submissions process to building@mbie.govt.nz.

The consultation document includes questions for you to respond to in your submission. These questions are listed in full in the submission form and in our online survey. Please note you do not need to answer all of the questions.

Submissions for the consultation closes at 5pm on 6 April 2023.

Later in 2023, MBIE intends to release a report of the findings from the consultation and a summary of submissions on its website.

If you have any questions about the submission process, please email us at building@mbie.govt.nz

Last updated: 21 February 2023