Legislation Update - Building Amendment Bill
The Christchurch and Kaikoura earthquakes have highlighted the need for improved legislation governing the management of buildings after an emergency. The Building Amendment Bill has been introduced to Parliament and had its first reading this month, with the aim of creating a better process around management and investigation powers for buildings post-earthquakes.
The Bill amends the Building Act 2004, and proposes increased powers for territorial authorities and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) aimed at improving the system for managing buildings after an emergency and investigating building failures to learn from these failings moving forward. The two key amendments proposed in the Bill are set out below.
|Managing buildings after an emergency||Investigating building failures|
The public will soon have an opportunity to make submissions on the Bill as part of the legislative process. These submissions will be reviewed by the Select Committee and help shape the final version of the legislation.
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