Public consultation: overhaul for building legislation

Posted: 29 January 2019

In the first quarter of 2019, you'll have the opportunity to have your say on a number of proposed changes to building legislation.

After discussions between government and the building sector in 2018, legislation changes that are set to improve performance of the building sector have been identified.

There's no question a number of challenges across the entire building system are preventing the building and construction sector reaching its potential. Low productivity, skills and labour shortages, and how costs are allocated when things go wrong are issues the sector is currently facing. Within the building regulatory system, roles and responsibilities are unclear, there's insufficient information to help perform roles, and an inability to hold people to account when things go wrong.

To address these regulatory inefficiencies, government is considering changes to the areas of risk and liability, building product and occupational regulation. Within occupational regulation, the focus is on the regimes for licensed building practitioners, engineers and plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers.

Ultimately, the result of any changes must be safe and durable buildings. This is dependent on robust, efficient regulations and a high-performing building and construction sector.

MBIE will soon be asking you to get involved. In the next issue of Codewords, we'll tell you more about what's changing and where to go to learn about the consultation.

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