Protection from fire

MBIE provides policy and technical advice on New Zealand’s building system, rules and standards, and implements building legislation and regulations. This includes the New Zealand Building Code (NZBC) and its supporting documents, including Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods. 

The objective of NZBC clause C for ‘Protection from Fire’ is to:

  • safeguard people from an unacceptable risk of injury or illness caused by fire
  • protect other property from damage caused by fire, and
  • facilitate firefighting and rescue operations.

Maintaining an overview of the performance of the building regulatory system for fire safety allows MBIE to develop evidence-based strategies and work programmes to address sector issues.

If you have a query about the building regulatory system please email

Protection from fire on MBIE’s Building Performance website has further information.

Overview and status of MBIE fire engineering project priorities [PDF 211KB]