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biannual building code updates

Biannual Building Code updates

In November 2018, MBIE began a programme of biannual Building Code updates that involves public consultations twice every year to improve selected Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods.

Biannual Building Code updates programme

In New Zealand, building work must meet mandatory requirements, which are found in the Building Act 2004 and its supporting regulations – the Building Code.

The purpose of biannual Building Code updates is to ensure effective management of the Building Code documents. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) aims to continuously improve these documents so that the Building Code keeps pace with modern construction methods and reflects present society.

Every February and August, MBIE consults on the Building Code and its Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods. Consultations are open for around six weeks and provide an opportunity for the public and sector to make submissions on the proposed changes.

After the consultation closes and all submissions are analysed, the final updates to the selected Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods are scheduled for publication on 30 June and 30 November each year.

"The next biannual Building Code update consultation is now open and if you would like to have your say then please visit

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