Posted: 23 March 2016

We have redeveloped our website with improved content and made it quicker and easier to access information on building controls. is the authoritative source of MBIE guidelines and operational information on building regulation.  As part of the redevelopment, we have checked content is up-to-date, improved navigation, enhanced the search capability across the site and regrouped guidance resources by Building Code clause or topic.

We have reorganised and revised information to help everyone to understand their rights and obligations within the building system. This will help building owners, designers and tradespeople to be better informed before they enter into contracts for building work or apply for a building consent.

Easier to use on a mobile or tablet device, the enhancements also provide an effective digital platform with more flexibility for us to keep up with changing technology. 

The website redevelopment is part of a wider objective to help people and the sector apply building controls as a matter of course, more accurately and confidently.  With improved access to advice and guidelines, more New Zealanders will be able to understand their rights and obligations – leading to safer, healthier, more durable buildings for everyone.

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