As you may already be aware, MBIE is proposing major changes to New Zealand’s building laws. The aim is to strengthen and modernise our building laws, so all New Zealanders can have confidence in our built environment. The proposed changes are the most significant reforms since the current Building Act was introduced in 2004. The proposals cover building products and methods, occupational regulation, risk and liability, the building levy and offences and penalties.
MBIE identified that the current occupational regulatory system doesn’t effectively capture all safety critical areas. The proposed changes could have major implications for the LBP scheme. These proposals include:
- a multi-layered licensing system to provide recognition of different levels of competence
- broadening the definition of restricted building work to include more
- residential and some commercial building work
- raising the levels of competence required to become or remain an LBP.
Other related occupational regulation proposals include:
- restricting who can carry out safety-critical engineering work, and
- repealing exemptions that allow unqualified people to carry out
- sanitary plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying in some cases.
More details on these proposals can be found in documents about:
Summary of changes to occupational regulation
Occupational Regulation Discussion Document
As an LBP, MBIE would like to your feedback on these proposals. Please take the time to review the proposals and make a submission, these changes are significant and it’s important that your voice is heard.