Other Useful Websites

New Zealand Institute of Architects – Good Architecture Matters

Learn what a skilled architect can do for you.


Reliable and up-to-date information for anyone building, renovating or buying property.  It empowers those who want to build, carefully explaining many legal issues.

EECA Energy Wise 

Good information for those interested in the technical details of energy efficient building.

Standards New Zealand

Visit this website if you are looking for a legal agreement with your builder.  You can also go to your local library to access standards for FREE.

Department of Building and Housing

Find out about licensed tradespeople or search the register for someone by name.


A range of publications about maintaining and renovating houses aimed at the homeowner.

You can check whether your builder is either a Registered Master Builder or a member of the Certified Builders Association of New ZealandMany good builders belong to one of these two organisations , however there are also many good builders who choose not to join either of them.  We recommend talking to your architect before engaging a builder.

Council Building Consent Processes

Find out what you need to do and how the building consent process works depending on where you are in New Zealand.

South Island

Dunedin City Council

Waitaki District Council

Central Otago District Council

Invercargill City Council

Southland District Council

Christchurch City Council

Selwyn District Council

Waimakariri District Council

Tasman District Council

North Island

Wellington City Council

Auckland City Council