Learn more about determinations

Posted: 3 April 2019

A determination is a binding decision made by MBIE that provides a way of solving disputes or questions about the rules that apply to buildings, and how buildings are used.

Most determinations centre on a decision made by a council, for example refusing to issue a building consent. Also, a determination may consider whether building work complies with the Building Code. Previous determinations may provide some guidance for councils and others faced with similar problems.

You can read previous determinations in the determinations register.

This information is published by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Chief Executive. It is a general guide only and, if used, does not relieve any person of the obligation to consider any matter to which the information relates according to the circumstances of the particular case. Expert advice may be required in specific circumstances. Where this information relates to assisting people: