Rules and regulations

The rules and regulations regarding building and designing for fire safety are outlined in the Building Act 2004.

One of the main goals of the Building Act is that people who use a building can escape from that building if it's on fire.

For this reason, the Act requires that Building Consent Authorities (BCAs) send certain building consent applications to Fire and Emergency New Zealand for comment. 

The engineering unit of the Fire and Emergency New Zealand reviews these applications and provides a memorandum back to the BCA before any building consents are granted.

You can find more information about your obligations when building and designing for fire safety in our guide to owner responsibilities.