Building Act 2004

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Purpose and principles

3 Purposes
  • This Act has the following purposes:

    • (a) to provide for the regulation of building work, the establishment of a licensing regime for building practitioners, and the setting of performance standards for buildings to ensure that—

      • (i) people who use buildings can do so safely and without endangering their health; and

      • (ii) buildings have attributes that contribute appropriately to the health, physical independence, and well-being of the people who use them; and

      • (iii) people who use a building can escape from the building if it is on fire; and

      • (iv) buildings are designed, constructed, and able to be used in ways that promote sustainable development:

    • (b) to promote the accountability of owners, designers, builders, and building consent authorities who have responsibilities for ensuring that building work complies with the building code.

    Section 3: replaced, on 13 March 2012, by section 4 of the Building Amendment Act 2012 (2012 No 23).