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The Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996 was introduced by the Government of India to regulate the employment and conditions of service of building and other construction workers and to provide for their safety, health and welfare measure and for other matter connected therewith or incidental thereto. The rules to the act were bought into force by the Karnataka Government with effect from 1.11.2006.

The Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Cess Act 1996 was introduced by the Government of India to provide for the levy and collection of a cess on the cost of construction incurred by employers with a view to augmenting the resources of the Building and Other Construction Workers' Welfare Boards constituted under the Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996.

The Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Cess Rules 1998 was introduced by the Government of India in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 14 of the Building and Other Construction Workers' Welfare Cess Act 1996 (Act 28 of 1996).

The Government of Karnataka has constituted the Karnataka Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board under the Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996 to implement the provisions and the schemes as per the above Act