On 13 March 2012, the Building Amendment Act 2012 came into force. A number of sections of the new Act came into effect immediately (e.g. changes to compliance schedules and building warrants of fitness, Owner-Builder exemptions, clearer responsibilities for parties involved in the building process, amendments for Licensed Building Practitioners and Restricted Building Work etc). However, there were also several parts of the Building Amendment Act 2012 that weren't in force from 'day one'.
At a presentation given by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) on 22 August 2013 in Wellington, advice was received that "…within the next 18–24 months…" new risk-based building consents would be introduced. Effectively it's our understanding this represents most, if not all, of the remaining sections of the Building Amendment Act 2012.
What does this mean? Council is given to understand this means there will no longer be just one type of Building Consent application, but FOUR. This will have a significant impact not only on the Building Consent Authority and its operating procedures, but also building Owners and Builders alike.
The FOUR types of Building Consents will be:
- A standard building consent
- A low-risk building consent
- A simple residential building consent
- A commercial building consent
As a Building Consent Authority, we will keep everyone informed of the impending changes 'as-and-when' Central Government provides further advice and information. Initially we will provide that information on Council's website, however, when appropriate, we also intend to hold a number of briefings and public meetings to better inform people of the legislative changes and their implications.
We have not been advised yet by Central Government of any specific dates when further information will be released by them and consequently when we can then pass that onto the public accordingly. Regardless, we remain committed to keeping our Customers informed of further developments 'as-and-when' they are notified to us.