Building or renovating a house can involve a lot of people working together. But in the law, in particular, the Building Act 2004 – certain tasks are the responsibility of particular individuals. Here’s a quick guide to who is responsible for what.

Providing building plans and specifications that comply with the Building Code

The designer [‘Designer’ has a very broad meaning here. It isn’t just a licensed designer or architect but anyone who has input into the plans and specs or advises on compliance of building work with the Building Code.]

Obtaining a building consent before work starts

The property owner or someone they contract to be their agent.

Checking to make sure that a building consent application complies with the Building Code

The building consent authority.

Ensuring building work complies with the Code

The builder. This applies whether the work requires a building consent or not [‘Builder’ has a very broad meaning here. It isn’t just an LBP or qualified carpenter but anyone doing building work.]

Ensuring that building work complies with a consent and any plans and specifications

The builder [with the same broad definition as above.]

Checking that building work has been carried out in accordance with any building consent that applies to it

The building consent authority.

Ensuring restricted building work is done in accordance with the Building Act

A licensed building practitioner.

Ensuring that a building product, if installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions, will comply with the Building Code

The produce manufacturer or supplier.

Ensuring compliance with notices to fix

The owner.

Just because a task is the responsibility of one individual, it doesn’t mean others carry no responsibility in that area. For example, it is the owner’s responsibility to get a building consent where the work requires it. However, if an LBP carries out work that requires consent but doesn’t have it, the can still be disciplined.

© BRANZ Builders Mate February 2018