August 12th, 2010
Tonights news carried the announcement that as part of the Building Act review, the Government is set to make some changes.
Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson announced that the aim was to;
“……………contribute to a more productive, efficient and accountable building and construction sector.” (aka remove some red tape)
This news will undoubtedly be welcomed by many, the only catch being the time frame by which they will be implemented.
There’s also talk of an online consent system.
In relation to that timing, the Department of Building and Housings website says
When will these changes happen?
These changes will be phased in over time. More work will be exempted from requiring a building consent later this year (2010).
Amendments to the Building Act will be considered by Parliament as soon as possible. New consumer support measures are expected to take effect from later in 2011. Changes to the Building consent system will be made after mid-2012.
If you’d like to find out more head on over to the Building Act review results and next steps page here.
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