With the introduction of the Building Act into New Zealand in 1991, the design for access and use of buildings and facilities by disabled persons code; NZS 4121:1985, was initially adopted under the Act as an Acceptable Solution, not only as a solution for new installations, but also for any building being upgraded. ie. any building that required a Building Consent.
This Standards NZ Standard was updated in April 2001, superseeding the 1985 document by incorporating NZMP 4122:1989 and releasing it as the current NZS 4121:2001. If you declare compliance with NZS 4121 as your mechanical handicap access solution, the Territorial Authority (Council), has to accept your Consent application.
The Act also makes allowance for Alternative Solutions for handicap access, ie. other than NZS 4121, but any proposed solution needs to satisify all performance requirements of the Building Regulations First Schedule Clause D2 - Mechanical Access Equipment, and obtain approval of the design and documentation from your local Territorial Authority (Council), before proceeding.
For domestic users of single dwelling houses where lift equipment is to be installed, the design is required to be safe and meet the minimum performance requirements of D2 for mechanical access equipment. Owners of new lifts should ensure the equipment is tested by a recognised qualified person and suitable documentation is forwarded to the Territorial Authority to complete the consent process.
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