Important Info - NZ Building Act Changes

As some of you may know there are some major changes to the NZ Building Act coming in to force, some immediately and some as of January 1st 2015.

At Dayle ITM we like to do our best to keep you well informed so take a look at the changes below and get yourself clued up.


Changes to the types of work that do not require a building consent:

  • Exemptions have been re-worked to exempt more low-risk work and limit potentially high-risk work.
  • Works on buildings licensed under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 needs a building consent.
  • Only authorised people (as defined in the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainelayers Act) can do certain plumbing and drain laying work without consent.
  • Higher penalties for work done without the appropriate consent.

Many parts of the Building Act have also been rewritten to make the existing intentions, rights and obligations clear. Click here for more information.


Changes that come into effect from 1 January 2015 include new measures to protect consumers who are building a house or making major renovations to their home.

Regulations include:

  • You will have to have a written contract for building work over $30,000;
  • You will be required to give customers information about your credentials - skills, qualifications, licensing status etcetera.
  • You can be fined if you don’t comply with the law.
  • There will be an automatic 12 month ‘defect repair period’ when you will have to fix any defects that the customer has told you about ‘no questions asked’.
  • There are new remedies for breaches of implied warranties in the Building Act i.e. if the breach is substantial the customer can cancel the contract immediately.

ITM are currently working closing with MBIE, BRANZ and CBANZ to make sure you’re ready for the upcoming changes. Stay tuned - we will be in touch with resources to help you get prepared.