Guides for Homeowners

Building & Renovating

The Building Act & You:

What you need to know if you are building or renovating


Restricted Building Work:

If you are building, there are law changes you need to know [PDF 543KB, 7 pages]


For Homeowners:

Consumer protection measures -

What does the Building Amendment Act 2013 mean for me? [PDF 1MB, 2 pages]


For Builders Practitioners:

Consumer protection measures -

What does the Building Amendment Act 2013 mean for me? 
[PDF 823KB, 2 pages]

Building & Resource Consent:

A Beginners Guide to Resource and Building Consent Processes 
[PDF 3.57MB, 29 pages]

MBIE's website on Building Performance
online version

Building Work:

Guide to Building Work that does not require a Building Consent 
[PDF  2MB, 116 pages]

Resource Management Act:

Getting in on the Act 
[PDF 669KB, 28 pages]

Ministry for the Environment
online version

Building Consents:

Guide to Application Form for a Building Consent
[PDF 109KB, 5 pages]

Building Consent:

Guide to applying for a Building Consent (residential buildings)
[PDF 2.9MB, 64 pages]

Plumbing & Drainlaying:

Guide to Plumbing, Drainlaying & Gasfitting that does not require a Building Consent Part 2
[PDF 2MB, 116 pages]

Building WOF & Compliance Schedules:

Guidance on Owner's Responsibilities to ensure their buildings are safe 
[PDF 560KB, 26 pages]

MBIE's website on Building Performance
Building Warrant of Fitness - online version
Managing your BWOF (for buildings with specified systems) - online version

Building Consent Authority:

Guide to Making a Complaint about a Building Consent Authority 
[PDF 242 KB, 18 pages]

MBIE's website on Building Performance - 
Formal Consumer Complaints online version

Fire Safety Designs:

Guidelines for documenting Fire Safety Designs
[PDF  713 KB, 36 pages]


Renovate Villas

Renovate Art Deco


Renovate Art Deco

Renovate Bungalows


Renovate Bungalow

Renovate 1970s


Renovate 1970s

Renovate 1940 – 1960s


Renovate 1940 - 1960

Buying / Home Maintenance

Buying a House:

Home Maintenance:



Hiring Tradespeople:


Saving Money:



Small Building Projects:

Your local building supply merchant may also have on-line resources for small building projects. Some examples of the popular guides provided are.....

  • How to Build a Deck
  • How to Replace Guttering
  • How to Line Interior Walls
  • Planning Your Bathroom
  • and more on Exterior, Interior & Fix It matters............


Page last updated: 2016-07-07

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