Building regulations and consenting

A strong construction industry needs clear and efficient regulatory systems that protect people from harm, but don’t act as a barrier to innovation and delivery. An improved regulatory system will help drive the right behaviours in the industry so it can operate at the optimum level needed to meet our future construction needs.

Building system legislative reform programme

The MBIE-led legislative reform programme(external link) proposes to reduce the likelihood of things going wrong during the building process, and provide fairer outcomes when they do go wrong.

The government has committed to consulting on major changes to New Zealand’s building laws. The reform programme includes key proposals for:

  • Building products and methods
    • requiring a minimum standard of information to be available about building products and clarifying roles and responsibilities for ensuring building products are fit for purpose.
    • enabling the regulations to make consenting easier for modern methods of construction including off-site manufacture.
  • Occupational regulation – strengthening regulations for some occupations, including broadening the scope of restricted building work to include non-residential building work and raising competence standards under the Licensed Building Practitioner scheme and introducing licensing for professional engineers who carry out or supervise safety-critical work.

Building Code

The Building Code(external link) will be improved so it is easier to understand and more accessible. It will provide the sector with more clarity, consistency and certainty over building performance requirements and better support innovation.


The consenting process will be improved through:

  • a more fit-for-purpose Building Code that will include making it easier when building medium and high-density housing
  • implementing processes so private consenting authorities can be estestablished to enable the faster building of state and KiwiBuild housing