The Building Act is the leading statute under which building development is undertaken to ensure that buildings are safe, sanitary and have suitable means of escape from fire. The building regulations enacted by the Building Act provide the requirements for building control in the form of the New Zealand Building Code. The Building Code contains objectives, functional requirements and performance criteria that building works must achieve.
Where infrastructural development is associated with a building development then the infrastructure shall be developed in accordance with the IDC.
The IDC also provides other engineering guidance for issues that Council is aware occur at the Building Consent stage of a development. Use of these is encouraged. They are provided as practical and considered solutions for issues Council has experienced itself or are aware of via experience overtime.
The IDC also provides guidance in DS-10 Natural Hazards and Earthworks on the assessment and reporting required when undertaking building development of the landforms managed by the above referenced document.
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