Last updated: 21 March 2016
We want everyone to have safe, healthy, durable homes and buildings, supporting MBIE's goal to grow New Zealand for all.
Our aspirations are echoed in our Māori identity – Hīkina Whakatutuki – which broadly means "lifting to make successful”.
The building sector is crucial to New Zealand’s economy. It contributes more than five per cent to our gross domestic product (GDP) and employs more than 170,000 people. A well-functioning sector will have a positive effect on our country’s health, economic stability, security and social cohesion.
The building sector is the third largest industry in our economy by business-count. It is characterised by large numbers of small, diverse businesses working to a performance-based building regulatory system that continues to mature.
We aim to make sure everyone involved in building work has the information they need to undertake building work, and can quickly and easily access and understand it. We provide authoritative information and guidelines on building-related regulation, rights and obligations.
MBIE’s Building Performance role
Our role, as the over-arching regulator, is to work with stakeholders so we can deliver fit-for-purpose, performance-based building regulation that protects the public's safety and property and helps lift the sector’s performance.
We work with building practitioners, officials, consumers and other regulators to understand what matters to them, and to ensure they understand their roles and responsibilities. We do this by providing clear, effective guidelines, information, education and enforcement.
We have a range of statutory responsibilities for building and housing, and administer New Zealand’s building legislation. We also work with other regulators whose legislation has an impact on the building sector.
Our work includes:
- Canterbury earthquake recovery building-related guidance
- occupational regulation (for example, Licensed Building Practitioners)
- public consultations
- reviewing and updating building policy, laws and regulation
- Weathertight Services
- advice, determinations and product assurance.
Learn more about Building Performance's role within the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment on the MBIE Corporate website.
Between 1990 and 2005 the building and housing sector underwent significant change, with increasing demand for good quality housing and growing investment.
The Building Act 1991 introduced a major change to New Zealand’s building controls and included the first national building code.
The Building Act 2004 is now the primary legislation governing New Zealand’s building industry. It provides the framework for our building control system. The Building Code sets the performance standards that all building work must meet.
NZ regulatory framework explains how the system works.
At the same time, the building regulator has evolved. The Building Industry Authority (BIA) was replaced in November 2004 by the Department of Building and Housing (DBH). In July 2012 DBH became part of MBIE, providing the regulator with critical linkages and critical mass across related services, capability and expertise.
MBIE is focused on being a smart, responsive regulator working with the sector to promote more skills and innovation, safety, quality and affordability.