Changes to Building Laws

Posted by Saunders & Co on 31 July 2012

A comprehensive review of the Building Act 2004 during 2009-2010 resulted in the enactment of the Building Amendment Act 2012 (‘the Act’). The Act received royal assent on 12 March 2012 and is aimed at lifting the overall performance of the building and construction sector. Some provisions that immediately came into effect on 13 March 2012 include:

  •  new provisions (sections 90A - 90D) that relate to Owner-Builder Exemption from Restricted Building Work,
  •  new provisions (sections 14A-14F) that clarify the responsibilities of the parties involved in building work,
  •  changes to the compliance schedule and Building Warrant of Fitness regimes that affect councils and building owners, and
  •  a clarification of some aspects of the Licensed Building Practitioners Scheme.

Further provisions of the Act will come into force at a later date to be appointed by the Governor General. For more information visit the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website .

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