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Duties of PersonsThe Building Act 2000 defines the duties of persons, these are:

Duties of owners

  1. The owner of a building who authorises building work in respect of the building, so far as is reasonably practicable, is to ensure that –
    1. any person engaged to carry out the building work and associated building work is an accredited building practitioner if so required under this Act; and
    2. correct information is provided to any person engaged to carry out the building work and associated building work; and
    3. the building or land on which the building work is to be carried out is clearly identifiable; and
    4. provisions for the protection of adjoining property are carried out in accordance with this Act; and
    5. the building is not occupied until an occupancy permit has been issued; and
    6. sufficient information is supplied to the next owner for that owner to maintain the building in accordance with this Act.
  2. An owner who engages a person to carry out any plumbing work is to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the person is a plumber if so required under the Occupational Licensing Act 2005.
  3. An owner who engages a person to design plumbing work is to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the person is –
    1. an accredited building practitioner; or
    2. a plumber.
  4. The owner of a building, so far as is reasonably practicable, is to ensure that the building is used and maintained for the intended purpose in accordance with this Act.

Duties of designers
A designer is to ensure that –

  1. he or she acts only within the area of his or her competence; and
  2. so far as is reasonably practicable –
    1. the design of the building or plumbing work is in accordance with the standards and requirements of this Act; and
    2. the documentation relating to the design includes sufficient information for the assessment of the work in accordance with this Act; and
    3. the documentation relating to the design is sufficiently detailed for a builder or a plumber to carry out the work in accordance with the documents and this Act. 

Duties of builders and plumbers

  1. A builder or plumber is to ensure that he or she acts only within the area of his or her competence.
  2. A builder who carries out building work or a plumber who carries out plumbing work is to ensure that –
    1. a relevant permit, authorisation or notification is issued for the work before it is commenced; and
    2. any directions under this Act are complied with.
  3. A builder who carries out building work or a plumber who carries out plumbing work, so far as is reasonably practicable, is to ensure that –
    1. the work is carried out in accordance with the relevant permit or authorisation and this Act; and
    2. the quality of the materials used in the work is in accordance with the relevant permit or authorisation and this Act; and
    3. the building work is located on land owned by the owner; and
    4. the work is carried out in a manner that does not cause –
      1. a public health risk; or
      2. a danger to the public; or
      3. a nuisance to an adjoining owner; or
      4. damage to infrastructure; and
  4. Sufficient information is supplied to the owner for the owner to maintain the building in accordance with this.

Duties of building surveyors

  1. A building surveyor is to ensure that he or she acts only within the area of his or her competence.
  2. A building surveyor, as far as is reasonably practicable, is to ensure that building work is carried out in accordance with this Act.

Duties of permit authorities

A permit authority who issues a building permit or plumbing permit, so far as is reasonably practicable, is to ensure that –

  1. the permit is in accordance with this Act; and
  2. any required matters are taken into account in accordance with this Act; and
  3. registers are kept in accordance with this Act; and
  4. a certificate of completion (building work) or a certificate of completion (plumbing work) is issued in accordance with this Act.

Duties of reporting authorities

A reporting authority who reports on building work is to ensure that –

  1. it acts only within the area of its competence; and
  2. it reports to the building surveyor on any required matters in relation to permits in accordance with this Act; and
  3. it reports to the building surveyor on any inspections of required matters in accordance with this Act.

Duties of councils

A council of a municipal area, as far as is reasonably practicable, is to –

  1. ensure that the owners of property are informed of their duties under this Act –
    1. in relation to any building work or plumbing work; and
    2. in maintaining and using a building; and
  2. make itself aware of –
    1. building work and plumbing work; and
    2. the use and occupation of buildings; and
  3. ensure that proceedings are instituted against any person or body failing to comply with this Act.