Regulatory Environment progress

Programmes in the Transformation Plan will improve our building consenting system and create a single leadership voice to help shape and drive building legislative reform.

The Regulatory Environment workstream aims to support the Accord goals of increasing productivity and raising capability. Specific outcomes in the Accord targeted are to enable quality durable builds, achieve fit-for-purpose options for products and services, build trust and confidence in the construction sector, and ensure strong, reliable and enduring infrastructure.

Find out what regulatory initiatives are in the Transformation Plan.

Initiative progress and milestones

Follow progress here on Accord and Transformation Plan programmes that support a high-functioning regulatory environment.

Date Milestone Lead/s
In development Undertaking analysis of issues contributing to inefficiency and inconsistency in the building regulatory system. This will inform the evidence-base for proposals regarding a new consenting model. MBIE (Building System Performance)
May 2020 The Building (Building Products and Methods, Modular Components, and Other Matters) Amendment Bill(external link) was introduced to the House and referred to Environment Select Committee after its First Reading. This Bill is the first in a series of changes to the building regulatory system that will lift the efficiency and quality of building work and provide fairer outcomes if things go wrong. MBIE (Building System Performance)
Dec 2019 Government approves amendments to the Building Act 2004 that better ensure the industry has skilled and accountable people, fit-for-purpose building products and efficient processes.

First changes to the law are expected to come into effect from Jul 2020.
MBIE (Building System Performance)
June 2019 470 submissions received by MBIE after consultation on proposed amendments to the Building Act 2004. Submissions showed strong support for legislative change. MBIE (Building System Performance)
Last updated: 21 October 2020