Risk and liability top of mind in Building Consent System consultation

Over the past few years, MBIE has been reviewing the building consent system to ensure it is fit-for-purpose, modernised and provides assurance that building work will be done right the first time. After investigating the issues within the system last year, MBIE is now consulting on an options paper which will inform advice to Ministers on a package of preferred options for system change. 

One of the biggest issues our members face is the issue of risk and liability. Current liability settings result in overcautious and slow decision making in issuing consents and this limits innovation within the sector. As a solution to this, we have recommended that Government cap council liability at 20 per cent and introduce a fairer allocation of risk and responsibility across the sector.

We will continue to push for changes such as this, in the current consultation process. You can find more information about the consultation here. If you have any questions, please contact Sandamali at sandamali@propertynz.co.nz 

Author | Sandamali Ambepitiya

Sandamali arrived at Property Council with a Bachelor of Arts and Law, and experience as an advisor with the Employers & Manufacturers Association.

Conscientious and detailed, Sandamali leads our advocacy in the South Island and Wellington regions. She is also leading our work on the reform of the resource management and building systems and sustainability / seismic strengthening.

An excellent listener, Sandamali is in her element when facilitating stakeholders and members to develop our advocacy positions.


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