Getting started

Design plans

Your first job when planning a new build, an extension to your home or a commercial development is to find out what's required when building and renovating in New Zealand.

You will be better prepared and the build can run more smoothly if you know:

Your rights and obligations

House under construction

It pays to know your rights and obligations in the building process so you can protect yourself and others within the law.

Find out what you and others need to do to help the project run smoothly and what to do if things don't go to plan.

Learn more about your rights and obligations

The building process

Every building project is different, but you still need to tick off essential stages to make it a success. Understand the stages of a building project so you know what you need to do and build it right.

Learn about the building process

Top tips

Plan well, thinking about how the build will work for you now and in the future (and for future owners).

How the building system protects you

Construction workers looking at plans

All building work in New Zealand must meet certain requirements, even if it doesn’t need a building consent. This ensures our buildings are safe, healthy and durable which means we all can have confidence in their performance.

Learn how the building system protects you

The consent process

Councils grant building consent applications when they are confident your proposed work will meet the requirements of the Building Code.

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: