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COVID-19: Building and construction sector guidance

Find out how to work at different COVID-19 Alert Levels if you’re in the building and construction sector, work for council, retailers and suppliers to the sector, or a homeowner or renter.

New Zealand is currently in COVID-19 Alert Level 1.

Alert Level 1 allows building and construction businesses to be open, provided they are meeting COVID-19 health and safety requirements.

Ensuring that a health and safety plan is in place is crucial throughout all Covid-19 Alert Levels, so it is important that you understand what is required.

MBIE will update this information regularly as the COVID-19 Levels change.

Health and safety

Under all Alert Levels operating businesses must put appropriate health and safety controls in place, including physical distancing at levels 2-4. Every operating business must record details on these measures in a COVID-19 control plan.

Alert Level 1 for building and construction

During COVID-19 Alert Level 1, work in building and construction sector can continue as normal.

Building maintenance

Find out more on durability of materials left onsite, maintaining buildings and ensuring that buildings water systems are safe.

Alert levels 1-4: what it means for you

Find out how to prepare for different COVID-19 Alert Levels if you’re in the building and construction sector, a retailer or supplier to the sector, a homeowner or renter, or work for a council.

The rules outlined for the building and construction sector are only applicable to certain types of work. Building and construction work is any design, manufacture, supply, consent, inspection or building work necessary for the construction, repair or maintenance of buildings and other structures, including siteworks.

Essential business and services

Read a definition of essential business, how to decide if a service is essential, and examples of essential vs non-essential work.

More information

Find out more on the Government's COVID-19 website:

Essential businesses
Financial support
Advice for businesses, organisations and employees

If you have any questions and concerns relating to COVID-19, please call the free government helpline on 0800 779 997 (8am - 10pm, 7 days a week)

If you have any questions relating to the building and construction sector, email

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: