Building Act review announced
12:00PM Thursday Aug 27, 2009

A review of the Building Act and builder licensing scheme could mean only licensed builders carrying out certain parts of a construction job.

Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson announced the review and changes to the licensed building practitioners scheme.

The review was designed to "cut red tape", he said.

"We have a stifling consent process that adds cost and time to many building processes.

"That ultimately ends up hurting consumers and frustrating builders."

Under a "new approach" only licensed builders will be able to carry out specific work that is critical to construction and weather-tightness.

"Restricted building work" will be limited to foundations, framing and external moisture management systems such as the roof and cladding.

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