Guide to tolerances, materials and workmanship in new residential construction

About this document

  • Published on 30 May 2015
  • Of interest to Homeowners, Contractors, Builders,
  • ISBN: 978-0-47843380-7 (Online)


This guide focuses on issues that can lead to disputes between building contractors and home owners but fall outside the Building Code, contract documentation and manufacturers’ specifications and installation instructions.

It outlines what constitutes acceptable levels of workmanship in standard domestic construction types under normal conditions, and is targeted at new residential building work.


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: