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Learn about the results of various past Building and Housing consultations.

Occupational Regulation of Engineers

Occupational Regulation of Engineers.In September 2014, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment sought comments from selected stakeholders on a set of proposals to improve the way that professional engineers are regulated as an occupation within New Zealand.

The Ministry received 69 submissions from individual engineers; engineering practices; engineering regulatory bodies; construction sector representatives and professional groups; technical societies; local councils; private individuals, interest groups and companies.

Read the summary of the submissions » [PDF 766 KB, 56 pages]

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Changes made to Acceptable Solutions C/AS1 – AS7 and the Verification Method C/VM2 for Protection from Fire, and the Acceptable Solution BCH/AS1 for Backcountry Huts

C Building Code.On 4 April 2014 the Ministry sought comment on changes made Acceptable Solutions C/AS1 – AS7 and the Verification Method C/VM2 for Protection from Fire published urgently on 18 December 2013. It also sought proposals on additional changes to those documents.

Fifty two submissions were received from fire engineering practitioners, local government and industry suppliers. They were considered by a panel of fire industry experts and MBIE officials.

Most of the proposals were supported by submitters and are included in amended documents published to be 1 July 2014. Some changes were made to original proposals as a result of feedback from the consultation.

The changes clarify or simplify the existing documents, to provide practical solutions to remedy compliance issues that designers and councils are finding when they apply these documents to building designs.

View the consultation discussion document »
List of individual submissions »

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Keeping our dams safe

Keeping our dams safe Submissions: We received on the discussion document on proposed amendments to the Building (Dam Safety) Regulations 2008.

List of individual submissions »

Consultation: The consultation discussion document details the proposed amendments.

Read the consultation document »

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Making pool safety easier

Making pool safety easier cover.In March 2013, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment consulted on proposed changes to the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987.

The Ministry received 392 submissions from safety groups, the pool industry, local councils, pool owners and other members of the public. Most of the proposals were supported by more than 80 per cent of submitters.

Read the consultation document [PDF 606 KB, 34 pages]
Read the summary of the submissions [PDF 318 KB 57 pages]
Read about the changes being made to the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987

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Unit Titles Amendment Bill (UTAB)

UTAB consultation coverSubmissions: We received on the consultation document that sought comments on proposed amendments for inclusion in a UTAB.

List of individual submissions »

Consultation: The consultation discussion document details the proposed amendments for inclusion in a UTAB.

Read the consultation document »

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Improving the system for managing earthquake-prone buildings

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From December 2012 to March 2013, the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) consulted on proposals to improve the system for managing earthquake-prone buildings.

The consultation document, ‘Building Seismic Performance’, outlined proposals based on the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission’s recommendations and MBIE’s review of the system.

Public meetings were held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Palmerston North, and Napier to support the consultation process.

535 submissions were received from individuals and groups including: building owners, engineers, local government, architects, insurers and disability and heritage advocates.

Most of the proposals were supported by submitters and are included in the Government’s proposals for legislative change. Some changes were made to the Government’s original proposals as a result of feedback from the consultation.

Summary of submissions, Building Seismic Performance [PDF 122 KB, pages]

Full report on the consultation process, Building Seismic Performance [PDF 671 KB, 133 pages]

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Evaluation of the Fencing of Swimming Pool Act 1987 consultation

Consultation cover. In March 2008, MBIE consulted on the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987.

The discussion document asked the public for their views on how to:

  • reduce the number of young children drowning in home swimming pools
  • improve compliance with, and enforcement of, the Act
  • clear up confusion between the Act and the Building Act 2004.

The Department received 70 submissions from pool owners, the pool industry, water and child safety organisations, and local councils.

Summary of submissions [PDF 130 KB, 24 pages]

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Deeming of registered plumbers and gasfitters as LBPs consultation summary

Consultation cover. This document sets out a high level summary of the results of consultation, including comment by key stakeholders, on proposals to address the unintended consequences of deeming Registered plumbers and gasfitters to hold certain Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) licences.

A total of 148 comments have been received - with 130 of those using a Pro Forma submission.

Summary of consultation on proposals to address unintended consequences of deeming Registered plumbers and gasfitters to hold certain Licensed Building Practitioners (LBP) licences »

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LPB consultation summary

Consultation cover. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment released a written document and held a number of workshops on ways to enhance the LBP scheme.

What was proposed?

The written document raised five issues. They are:

  • Issue 1: What should the role of the Site Licence be going forward?
  • Issue 2: Should the Site Licence be split into a ‘Technical Supervision’ licence and a ‘Project Manager’ licence?
  • Issue 3: Should any new licences be developed?
  • Issue 4: Do any of the current licence competencies and performance indicators need to be amended?
  • Issue 5: Should any work that is currently Restricted Building Work (RBW) be specifically excluded from being RBW.

Summary of consultation on proposals to enhance the Licensed Building Practitioner Scheme »

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Seismicity changes for Canterbury to B1 Structure documents

Consultation cover. The Department has consulted on changes made under urgency on 19 May 2011 for Canterbury to the B1 Structure documents.

Following consultation and consideration of submissions, the Chief Executive of the Department of Building and Housing has confirmed the changes made on 19 May 2011.

Read the reasons for the decision to confirm the changes »

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Unit Titles Act 2010 Setting of Fees

Consultation cover. In March 2011, Cabinet agreed the level of fees to access the dispute resolution service for unit title disputes. The service is to be provided by the Department of Building and Housing and the Ministry of Justice's Tenancy Tribunal.

The Department prepared a regulatory impact statement (RIS) to support the consideration of the new fees proposals, which accompanied the paper that Cabinet used to make its decisions. A RIS provides a summary of the problem being addressed, the regulatory options and their associated costs and benefits.

You can read the RIS and the Cabinet paper considered by Ministers here.

Regulatory impact statement »
Cabinet Social Policy Committee - Fees Regulations to support the Unit Titles Act 2010 »

Cabinet also agreed that comprehensive advice, information and education services will be provided to the unit titles sector.

The aim of our advice, information and education services are to reduce disputes arising in the first place and to provide accessible tools for people to resolve disputes themselves, without the need for more costly intervention.

Further advice, education and information services are available in the Unit Title developement section of the website. You can also subscribe to receive email updates.

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Construction Contract Act review - April 2011

Consultation cover. In December 2010 we asked for your views on the Construction Contracts Act 2002. Your submissions help form recommendations to Cabinet on what the regulations should cover.

You can download and read the Cabinet paper considered by Ministers in April 2011 and the minute recording the decisions made here:

Review of the Construction Contracts Act 2002: Proposals for change Cabinet paper »
Regulatory impact statement »
Cabinet Economic Growth and Infrastructure Committee Minute of Decision [PDF 177 KB, 3 pages]

 

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Timber treatment summary of issues - March 2011

Timber treatment summary of issuesRecently the Department consulted on Timber treatment. Read the summary of issues »

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Regulations to support the Unit Titles Act 2010 - April 2010

Consultation cover. Read the summary of submissions »

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