COVID-19 Protection Framework for the building and construction sector

Construction workers in silhouette on scaffolding

The COVID-19 Protection Framework includes restrictions to keep workers safe, limit interaction with customers and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The information on this page is based on the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Protection Framework) Order 2021.

Building and construction activities in the COVID-19 Protection Framework

All building and construction work can continue at all of the COVID-19 protection framework settings. Building and resource consenting services (for example, building inspections and geotechnical inspections) can also operate.

Restrictions will apply depending on the framework settings and vaccination status of operators, as well as other measures to keep people safe. You must have a COVID-19 control plan in place.

When working in someone's home, tradespeople must maintain physical distance from others and you must keep a record of their visit. Face masks and online payment options are strongly recommended.

Building and construction businesses are able to buy products and materials from merchants, retailers and suppliers with capacity limits based on the use of vaccination certificates and other health measures to keep people safe. Face coverings must be worn by anyone entering these types of premises.

Information on required health and safety measures

Construction Health and Safety New Zealand (CHASNZ) - chasnz.org

WorkSafe - worksafe.govt.nz

Vaccination information for the building and construction sector

At 11:59pm on 2 December 2021, all of New Zealand will move to the COVID-19 Protection Framework and vaccination certificate requirements come into force.

My Vaccine Pass

My Vaccine Pass is an official record of your COVID-19 vaccination status for use within Aotearoa New Zealand. It will allow you to access certain events and venues operating under the COVID-19 Protection Framework.

Getting ready for the COVID-19 protection framework - business.govt.nz

Vaccinations for workers

There is no vaccination mandate for the building and construction sector.

Only workers carrying out building and construction work at early childhood, primary and secondary educational facilities, prisons, and hospitals, are required by the government to be fully vaccinated.

A vaccination assessment tool will be available from mid-December, providing a clear legal framework to help businesses make decisions about vaccinations in the workplace.

For the building and construction sector, CHASNZ will provide a specifically tailored risk assessment tool for the sector.

Latest information on vaccines and the workplace - employment.govt.nz

Book your vaccination

How to book your vaccination - covid19.govt.nz

The COVID-19 Resource Toolkit

The COVID-19 Resource Toolkit has resources and signage you can easily download and use depending on what level of the COVID-19 Protection Framework your business is in.

COVID-19 Resource Toolkit — Unite against COVID-19

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: