The basic objective of the National Building Code for Fiji (NBCF) is to ensure that acceptable standards of structural sufficiency, fire safety, health, and amenity, are maintained for the benefit of Fiji now and in the future. The requirements included in the NBCF are intended to extend no further than is necessary for the public interest, to be cost effective, not needlessly onerous in their application, and easily understood.
The NBCF was originally published in 1990 with an accompanying partial commentary to explain the more complex provisions of the code and a companion Home Building Manual Fiji (HBMF). The HBMF is intended for the use of para-professionals and professionals in the building industry for the speedy design of simple houses which conform to the structural requirements of the NBCF. Approval authorities may use the HBMF the confirmation of the adequacy of the structural details given in the proposals submitted to them.
The NBCF is governed under the Public Health Act 1935, the Public Health (NBC) Regulations 2004, and the Regulations of Building Permits Act 2017.
The NBCF, HBMF, and associated legislation are currently being reviewed and updated under the ADB funded “Support for the Fiji National Building Code Technical Assistance”. The TA is expected to be completed in late 2023.