Changes to the Building Act

Changes to the Act 2013

The Building Amendment Act 2013 was passed by Parliament on 27 November 2013. It is the result of a comprehensive review into the Building Act 2004.

This Amendment Act is part of a package of changes which introduce new measures to improve the building and construction sector, ensuring that it delivers good quality, affordable homes and buildings and contributes to a prosperous economy.

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Changes to the Act 2012

The Building Amendment Act 2012 came into force on 13 March 2012. It results from a comprehensive review of the Building Act 2004 carried out in 2009/2010 and is aimed at lifting the overall performance of the building and construction sector.

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Changes to the Act 2010

The Building Amendment Act 2010[External website]. came into force on 7 July 2010. It included some changes to the determinations provisions in the Building Act 2004, such as extending the range of Council decisions which can be the subject of a determination. It also contained a small number of technical adjustments to other sections of the Building Act 2004."

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Changes to the Act 2009

The Building Amendment Act 2009 came into force on 1 August 2009. It phases in three specific initiatives to reduce compliance requirements under the Building Act 2004 and improve the efficiency of the building consent process.

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Changes to the Act 2008

The Building Amendment Act 2008 came into force on 15 March 2008. It contains some minor adjustments to improve the workability of the Building Act 2004, and to improve the clarity and effectiveness of the regulatory framework. This will encourage an efficient and fair provision of building and local government services for New Zealanders.

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Changes to the Act 2005

Amendments to the Building Act were passed to correct and clarify drafting issues that became apparent when some provisions of the Building Act 2004 came into force in March 2005.

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Initial changes - from 30 November 2004

The Department of Building and Housing was established on 1 November 2004, when the name of the Ministry of Housing was changed to the Department of Building and Housing. The Department took over the Ministry of Housing’s responsibilities on that date.

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