Product substitution – plasterboard

About this document

  • Published on 5 August 2022
  • ISBN: ISBN 978-1-99-104119-7 (Online)


Guidance for building consent authorities, designers and contractors who need to use wall or ceiling linings different from those specified in the building consent.


This guidance provides the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) position on the appropriate way to apply the Building (Minor Variations) Regulations 2009 when substituting plasterboard wall and ceiling linings.

It promotes clarity and certainty for all parties regarding how minor variations involving plasterboard and similar wall and ceiling linings are dealt with.

This guidance must be read in conjunction with the more general product substitution guidance below, which was published by MBIE in November 2021.

Product substitution guidance

Step-by-step guide

The Step-by-step guide for plasterboard product substitution demonstrates the full product substitution process for plasterboard.

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: