WAIKATO BUILDING CONSENT GROUP

 

Kia Ora and Welcome

The Waikato Building Consent Group is a cluster of seven Councils who work together to bring consistency to the Building Consent process. As of 1st August, 2013, the group consists of the Building Control Units from: 

This site is for anyone in the local building industry or involved in a building project, large or small.  It provides information on the Building Consent process and requirements, information on the different types of building projects, as well as other relevant information you may need for your building project.  You can also access application forms and checklists, and links to other useful sites.  If you require further information in regards to your building project please contact the Building Unit of your local Council to find out more.

 

NB: All references on this site to the DBH, or the Department of Building & Housing, now refer to the Building & Housing group of the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE). 

 

IMPORTANT NOTICES FOR ALL OWNERS, DESIGNERS AND BUILDERS

 

 

Mandatory contracts start on 1 January 2015 -
last opportunity to attend a
free MBIE seminar on 28 October.

For more info see attached flyer.


 17 September 2014

Further changes to acceptable solutions and verification method

PLEASE NOTE: On 14 February  and 1 July 2014 the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) published amendments to the Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods to reflect updated, withdrawn, or amend references to Standards and other publications. Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods - are free to down load from the MBIE website. Please ensure that you use the latest versions.

   

 1 May 2014

Changes to acceptable solutions and verification method for the protection from fire and backcountry huts

   

17 April 2014 - No. 157

Residential guidance fifth issue of technical clarifications and updates

MBIE have released a fifth issue of technical clarifications and updates to the Guidance document ‘Repairing and rebuilding houses affected by the Canterbury earthquakes’, December 2012.
 
These technical clarifications and updates should be read in conjunction with the Guidance document itself. They have been prepared for professional engineers and others implementing the guidance to provide them with greater explanation, new knowledge, and to respond to new issues that have been raised.
 
The updates provide further clarification and guidance on the following topics:

  • Clarifying chimney repairs, Building Consents, and exemptions
  • Notching bearers and piles to assist with relevelling
  • Removing plywood skirt around perimeter for Type 2A-300 and 2B foundations
  • Aligning slab edge with building perimeter in TC3
  • Summarising TC3 Type 2 surface structure foundation technical requirements

 Further technical updates will be developed as the need arises. At a later stage, the information from the clarifications and updates will be incorporated into the next version of the Guidance document 'Repairing and rebuilding houses affected by the Canterbury earthquakes'.

Read the residential guidance fifth issue of technical clarifications and updates »

Previous issues »

   

7 April 2014 - No. 155

Proposed changes to the Acceptable Solutions C/AS1 - C/AS7, Verification Method (VM/2) for Protection from Fire, and the Acceptable Solution BCH/AS1 for Backcountry Huts

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), seeks your comment on:

  • Urgent amendments made to the Acceptable Solutions C/AS1 - C/AS7 and Verification Method (C/VM2) on 19 December 2013, which are now being consulted on
  • Further changes to the Acceptable Solutions C/AS1 - C/AS7 and Verification Method (C/VM2) for Protection from Fire, and
  • Minor changes to the Acceptable Solution for Backcountry Huts, BCH/AS1.

The changes to the Protection from Fire Acceptable Solutions (C/AS1-AS7) and Verification Method (C/VM2) have been developed to provide practical solutions to remedy compliance issues that designers and councils are finding when they apply these documents to building designs.

Minor changes to the Acceptable Solution for Backcountry Huts (BCH/AS1) are proposed to reflect changes that have come into force with the recent Building Code clauses C1-C6 Protection from Fire.

The changes are described in detail in the consultation document, which can be downloaded from the current consultation section.

How do I make a submission?

You can make a submission by going to current consultations section. Consultation closes on 9 May 2014.

Please become familiar with the proposals and have your say.

   

19 December 2013

C documents - Escape from Fire - Changes have been made under urgency just prior to Christmas 2013 

These are effective immediately from 19 Dec 2013 with a 6 month transition period until 14 June 2014:

  • New guidance:  Requesting information about means of escape from fire for existing buildings
  • Changes to C/AS1 - C AS7 and C/VM2  Information sheets
  • Opportunity to be involved in consultation about the changes.  Consultation will be prior to 19 June 2014. If you want to participate then subscribe on www.dbh.govt.nz/subscribe
   

 29 November 2013

Changes being made to the Fencing of Swimming Pool Act 1987

The Government will be introducing a Bill into Parliament to amend the Act. In the meantime, pool owners must continue to comply with the current requirements of the Act. For more information, including the Cabinet paper and a summary of the submissions, visit:  www.dbh.govt.nz/fospa-index

   

 21 November 2013

Building Amendment Act has been passed:

Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson says the passing of the Building Amendment Act 2013 today will lead to a more productive, efficient and effective building industry...... press release  For more see guidance on legislation page

 

   

Recent addition to NZ Building Code - F8 Signs

Accessible Signage Guidelines, including Braille - see MBIE F8 information sheet, and Compliance documents on F8 - Signs.

Also see Royal NZ Foundation of the Blind guidelines on signage at http://www.rnzfb.org.nz/uploads/about_files/Signage_Guidelines_2013.pdf.

Alternatively, you can contact the Braille Awareness Consultant on 04 380 2139, 0800 243 333 or through signage@rnzfb.org.nz. They will be happy to assist you.

 
Code Watch: Changes you need to know.


Code Watch is a new sector education alert by the Building and Housing group, MBIE that highlights changes to the Building Code and its documents.....


 

If you apply for a building consent or a major amendment to an existing building consent ...

The practitioners you use must be correctly licensed to carry out the work. For   more information .....

Video clip from TV3  on 2012-03-01

Video clip from TV3 on 2012-02-11

 

   

Updated Guidance on Restricted Building Work

MBIE guidance on Certificates of Work, Producer Statements, and Design Features Reports for engineers, designers, builders, BCA's and insurance companies.

See also the MBIE Licensed Building Practitioners website, and LBP page on this website.

 

Updated Guidance on E2

MBIE have published an updated guidance document for designers, builders, and building officials.

 



 


C-docs: Protection from Fire

Updated C documents - effective from 30 April 2012. 

Preventing falls from height, Serious Harm, the Health & Safety in Employment Act 1992 & the Construction Sector Action Plan

What do all these things have in common? .....

From 1 July 2012, health and safety inspectors - Health & Safety (MBIE) will be enforcing the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 in the construction sector as part of the group's Preventing Falls from Height project......

This means employers and self-employed contractors with staff working at height are expected to manage this significant hazard. Read more from the MBIE page on a proactive approach to preventing falls from height.

Building Amendment Bill No. 4

Building Amendment Bill No. 4, released on 6 September 2011 covers consumer protection with mandatory contracts, changes to Schedule One, increased fines for building without a consent, powers and authorities of the Chief Executive of the MBIE, and more.....

See also Changes in Legislation page

Building Amendment Act 2012

Building Amendment Bill No. 3 has past its third reading and has been given Royal Assent.  To read the new Act go to Legislation

Christchurch Earthquake and safety of stairs - information for structural engineers

The Building and Housing group of MBIE has released today a Practice Advisory to alert practising structural engineers assessing existing multi-storey buildings throughout New Zealand about issues relating to safety of stairs ...

Significant changes have been made to the Building Code 

These affect building structure (B1) and external moisture (E2) documents. In addition, new guidance documents have been introduced for barriers, reinforcing of concrete slab-on-ground floors, and building on soils subject to liquefaction.  For more information go to the MBIE website


Legislation links

For links and more information go to Legislation page

 

 

 

 

Page last updated: 2014-10-21

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