Guides for building officials

This section provides procedural guides of some of parts of the Building Act 2004 for building officials.

Information on the requirements of implementing sections of the Building Act, as well as the day-to-day functions of building consent authorities and territorial authorities.

Other resources

Building officials may also find the following resources useful:

Estimated building costs

You should be aware that we no longer provide data on estimated values for building work. If you need estimates of building costs for building work or building consent applications, visit the following websites:

We reference these sites for assistance only, and without endorsement or warranty.

You may find an estimated building cost useful for arriving at realistic estimated values if the job value provided with a building consent application is questioned.

Building consent exemptions common questions

To help councils answer questions from the public about the new building consent exemptions that come into effect at the end of August 2020, an information sheet with common questions and key messages about what the changes mean has been prepared.

New building consent exemptions FAQs [PDF 350KB ]

This information is published by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Chief Executive. It is a general guide only and, if used, does not relieve any person of the obligation to consider any matter to which the information relates according to the circumstances of the particular case. Expert advice may be required in specific circumstances. Where this information relates to assisting people: