20 December 2016

Building Controls Updates

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has released two Building Controls Updates:

Building Controls Update No. 206: Amendments to Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods

This update sets out that 28 Acceptable Solutions and 10 Verification Methods for complying with the Building Code have been amended and will take effect from 1 January 2017.

When submitting a complete application for a building consent:

  • Until 31 December 2016: use the existing version (prior to 1 January 2017 only the existing version is an Acceptable Solution or Verification Method).
  • From 1 January to 30 May 2017 *: use either the existing version or the newly published version (during this transition period either version is an Acceptable Solution or Verification Method).
  • From 31 May 2017 *: use the newly published version (the existing version is no longer an Acceptable Solution or Verification Method).

* An exception to this transition period is for D2/AS1, which is extended to 6 August 2017. From 7 August 2017, only the Amendment 7 version of D2/AS1 can be used as an Acceptable Solution. 

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Building Controls Update No. 207: New pool safety legislation comes into effect on 1 January 2017

Effective from 1 January 2017, the Building (Pools) Amendment Act 2016 will repeal the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 and add new provisions to the Building Act 2004. Key changes include:

  • residential swimming pools must be inspected every three years
  • safety covers will be able to be used as barriers for spa pools and hot tubs
  • territorial authorities will have better tools to enforce pool barrier requirements, including notices to fix and infringement notices.

Restricting access to residential pools has further information for pool owners and territorial authorities.

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