Builders could soon sign off on the quality of their own work.

The proposal is among recommendations released by the Government's rules reduction taskforce, which was set up to look at regulations causing frustration for people. The taskforce said self-certification should be encouraged for builders who meet set levels of qualification.

Local Government Minister Paula Bennett has indicated it was an area where current regulations might be excessive, however construction industry experts says the proposal could leave the door open for a repeat of the leaky housing crisis.

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