Strict reg­u­la­tions for build­ing work

Matamata Chronicle - - Building -

Build­ing work in New Zealand is con­trolled by the Build­ing Act 2004 and the var­i­ous build­ing reg­u­la­tions which in­clude the build­ing code. The leg­is­la­tion is ad­min­is­tered na­tion­ally by the Depart­ment of Build­ing and Hous­ing and on a lo­cal ba­sis by build­ing con­sent au­thor­i­ties us­ing a build­ing con­sent process.

The pur­pose of the act is to en­sure that build­ings:

Are safe, san­i­tary and have suit­able means of es­cape from fire.

Con­trib­ute to the phys­i­cal in­de­pen­dence and well be­ing of peo­ple who use them.

Are de­signed, con­structed and able to be used in ways that pro­mote sus­tain­able devel­op­ment.

The reg­u­la­tions pre­scribe the Build­ing Code with which all build­ing work must com­ply. Per­for­mance stan­dards that must be met in­clude build­ing: Dura­bil­ity. Fire safety. San­i­ta­tion (ser­vices and fa­cil­i­ties). Mois­ture con­trol. En­ergy ef­fi­ciency. Ac­cess. You must have a Build­ing Con­sent to carry out ‘‘build­ing work’’. A Re­source Con­sent and other au­tho­ri­sa­tions may also be re­quired be­fore build­ing work can start. One or more of each con­sent type may be re­quired for the same project.

Note: Build­ing Con­sents au­tho­rise ‘‘build­ing work’’ not land use and Re­source Con­sents au­tho­rise land use and not build­ing work.

A build­ing is any tem­po­rary or per­ma­nent, mov­able or im­mov­able struc­ture and its ser­vice con­nec­tions. It in­cludes tem­po­rary struc­tures such as mar­quees. Note this list is not ex­haus­tive and peo­ple should check with their build­ing con­sent author­ity be­fore start­ing work.

The coun­cil is both a build­ing con­sent author­ity and a ter­ri­to­rial author­ity un­der the Build­ing Act. Its func­tion is to: Ad­min­is­ter the Build­ing Act 2004 in its ter­ri­to­rial district. En­force the Build­ing Code. Re­ceive and con­sider ap­pli­ca­tions for Build­ing Con­sents.

Ap­prove or refuse build­ing con­sent ap­pli­ca­tions within the pre­scribed time lim­its. Is­sue Project In­for­ma­tion Mem­o­randa. Is­sue Code Com­pli­ance Cer­tifi­cates. Re­ceive and con­sider ap­pli­ca­tions for Cer­tifi­cates of Ac­cep­tance.

Re­ceive and con­sider ap­pli­ca­tions for Cer­tifi­cates for Pub­lic Use. Is­sue Notices to Fix. Is­sue Com­pli­ance Sched­ules. Record build­ing War­rant of Fit­ness de­tails.

De­ter­mine whether ap­pli­ca­tions for waiver or mod­i­fi­ca­tion of the build­ing code, or doc­u­ments for use in es­tab­lish­ing com­pli­ance with the pro­vi­sions of the build­ing code, should be granted or re­fused.

Main­tain a build­ing records sys­tem avail­able for pub­lic ac­cess for the life of the build­ing to which it re­lates

A re­view is also un­der way of the Build­ing Act, with the aim of cut­ting red tape in the build­ing con­sent process.

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