Minister Guidelines

Minister Guidelines

The Minister Guidelines are published to assist Practitioners and Industry with updates and changes to the Building Act 1993.

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Published Guidelines

MG-01: Building Commission – Fees for Building Surveying Services

This replaces previous Minister’s Guideline 94/01 issued on 16 June 1994 and reprinted 2003.

Pursuant to section 188(1) (b) of the Building Act 1993 (the Act) I hereby issue the following Guideline concerning the charges to be made by the Building Commission for building surveying services including applications for permits and approvals under Parts 5 and 12 of the Act and the building regulations including applications for approval for prescribed temporary structures and places of public entertainment and applications for amendments to occupancy permits. Note that under sections 188(6) and 199(7) the Building Commission must have regard to this Guideline in fixing its charges.

ROB HULLS MP Minister for Planning

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MG-02: Class 9B Buildings – Management of Sanitary Facilities

This replaces previous Minister’s Guideline 94/03 issued on 16 June 1994 and reprinted 2003.

Pursuant to section 188(1)(c) of the Building Act 1993 (the Act) I hereby issue the following Guideline. Note that section 188(7) of the Act provides that a municipal building surveyor or private building surveyor must have regard to this Guideline in carrying out their functions.

ROB HULLS MP Minister for Planning

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MG-03: Involvement of Adjoining Owners in Siting Appeals

This replaces previous Minister’s Guideline 94/04 issued on 16 June 1994 and reprinted 2003.

Pursuant to section 188(1)(c) of the Building Act 1993 (the Act) I hereby issue the following Guideline. Note that section 188(7) of the Act provides that a municipal building surveyor or private building surveyor must have regard to this Guideline in carrying out their functions.

ROB HULLS MP Minister for Planning

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MG-04: Certification of Engineering Designs

This replaces previous Minister’s Guideline 95/01 issued on 21 March 1995 and reprinted 2003.

Pursuant to section 188(1) (c) of the Building Act 1993 (the Act) I hereby issue the following Guideline. Note that section 188(7) of the Act provides that a municipal building surveyor or private building survey or must have regard to this Guideline in carrying out their functions.

ROB HULLS MP Minister for Planning

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MG-05: Professional Standards - Building Surveyors

This replaces previous Minister’s Guideline 95/03 issued on 26 October 1995 and reprinted 2003.

Pursuant to section 188(1)(c) of the Building Act 1993 (the Act) I hereby issue the following Guideline concerning the professional standards to be followed by municipal building surveyors and private building surveyors. Note that section 188(7) of the Act provides that municipal building surveyors and private building surveyors must have regard to this Guideline in carrying out their functions.

ROB HULLS MP Minister for Planning

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MG-06: Building Commission - Fee for Appointing Prescribed Building Practitioner to Act as an Inspector

This replaces previous Minister’s Guideline 96/04 issued on 28 March 1996 and reprinted 2003.

Pursuant to section 188(1)(b) of the Building Act 1993 (the Act) I hereby issue the following Guideline concerning the fee to be charged by the Building Commission for the appointment of a prescribed building practitioner to act as an inspector for the purposes of section 44 of the Domestic Building Contracts and Tribunal Act 1995. Note that under section 188(6) of the Act, the Building Commission must have regard to this Guideline in fixing its charges.

ROB HULLS MP Minister for Planning

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MG-07: Uniform Building Permit Numbering System

his replaces previous Minister’s Guideline 97/01 issued on 28 March 1997 and reprinted 2003.

Pursuant to section 188(1)(c) of the Building Act 1993 (the Act) I hereby issue the following Guideline concerning the numbering of building permits by municipal building surveyors and private building surveyors. Note that section 188(7) of the Act provides that municipal building surveyors and private building surveyors must have regard to this Guideline in carrying out their functions.

ROB HULLS MP Minister for Planning

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MG-08: Issuing of Occupancy Permits

This replaces previous Minister’s Guideline MG/08 issued June 2005.

Pursuant to section 188(1)(c) of the Building Act 1993 (the Act) I hereby issue the following Guideline concerning the functions of municipal building surveyors and private building surveyors in respect of Part 10 of the Building Regulations 2006 (the Regulations). Note that section 188(7) of the Act provides that municipal building surveyors and private building surveyors must have regard to this Guideline in carrying out their functions.

ROB HULLS MP Minister for Planning

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MG-09: Issuing of Building Permits (Demolitions/Removal) and The Owner Builder

This replaces previous Minister’s Guideline MG/09 issued June 2005.

Pursuant to section 188(1)(c) of the Building Act 1993 (the Act) I hereby issue the following Guideline concerning the functions of municipal building surveyors and private building surveyors in respect of section 24(1)(c) of the Act. Note that section 188(7) of the Act provides that municipal building surveyors and private building surveyors must have regard to this Guideline in carrying out their functions.

ROB HULLS MP Minister for Planning

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MG-10: Building Practitioners Board – Fees

This replaces previous Minister’s Guideline 96/01 & 99/01 issued May 1999.

Pursuant to section 188(1)(a) of the Building Act 1993 (the Act) I hereby issue the following Guideline concerning the fees payable to the Building Practitioners Board under Division 1 of Part 11. Note that section 188(5) of the Act provides that the Building Practitioners Board must have regard to this Guideline in fixing its charges.

ROB HULLS MP Minister for Planning

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MG-11: Building Permit and Planning Permit Consistency

This replaces previous Minister’s Guideline 00/01 issued on 1 November 2000 and reprinted 2003.

Pursuant to section 188(1)(a) of the Building Act 1993 (the Act) I hereby issue the following Guideline concerning the functions of municipal building surveyors and private building surveyors and section 24(1) of the Act. Section 188(7) of the Act provides that municipal building surveyors and private building surveyors must have regard to a relevant guideline in carrying out a function under the Act

ROB HULLS MP Minister for Planning

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MG-12: Siting and Design of Single Dwellings

This replaces previous Minister’s Guideline MG/12 issued June 2005.

Pursuant to section 188 A of the Building Act 1993 (the Act) I hereby issue the following guideline concerning the design and siting of single dwellings. Under clause 4A of Schedule 2 of the Act, a reporting authority must have regard to the guidelines made under section 188A in the cases set out in that clause.

ROB HULLS MP Minister for Planning

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MG-13: Exercise of Discretion When Applying a New Building Regulation or an Amendment to a Building Regulation

This updates previous Minister’s Guideline MG/13 issued June 2006.

Pursuant to section 188(1)(a) of the Building Act 1993 (the Act) I hereby issue the following guideline concerning discretion under section 10 of the Act to apply to new building regulations or an amendment to a building regulation. Section 188(7) of the Act provides that municipal building surveyors and private building surveyors must have regard to a relevant guideline in carrying out a function under the Act.

ROB HULLS MP Minister for Planning

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MG-14: Issue of Building Permits where Building Work Involves the Use of Certain Cladding Products

This guideline was REVOKED by the Minister for Planning as of 1 February 2021.

For more information, see VBA Advisory Note Prohibition of High-risk Cladding Products.

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