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29 May 2015: Building Controls Update No. 171: Residential guidance 9th issue of technical clarifications and updates »

4 February 2015: Building Controls Update No. 168: Canterbury Residential Guidance online tool released »

12 January 2015: New Consumer Protection Measures now available »


essential resources

Building Act online Link to the Legisation website.

Consumerbuild website. ConsumerBuild: Help with building, renovating and maintaining your home.

[External Link]Your Council: Look up the contact details of your local council.

Resource Management Act. Info about the Resource Management Act[External website]

building A-Z

A glossary of building terms with links to further information.


This section of our site provides information and guidance on building legislation and controls.


Licensing for designers, site supervisors and some trades came into effect in 2007.

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