Building your own home
There are laws you need to comply with when you’re building — whether you're hiring a builder or doing the work yourself.
Buying a section
Building on an empty section is more complex than altering or renovating an existing house. It involves more paperwork and legal processes — whether you build from scratch or move a house onto the section.
Some legal processes to consider:
- land use restrictions
- district plan rules
- resource consents
- land surveys.
Building your home
Understand the stages of building a house before you get started, these include:
- organising consents
- monitoring construction
- making progress payments
- approving variations
- organising inspections
- getting a Code of Compliance.
Hire your team
Choose a project team who can help you build your home, for example an architect, builder and project manager, who can confidently meet Building Code requirements.
You’ll need a licensed professional builder to do certain work.
Building the house yourself
If you want to build your own house and you’re not a licensed builder, you have to:
- get an Owner-Builder Exemption
- know how to meet Building Code requirements
- apply for consents
- let your council know.
Your rights and responsibilities when building a house
Make sure you understand your rights and responsibilities throughout the process. These include:
- when you need a written contract
- when your builder is required to give you a disclosure statement and standard checklist
- what to do if something goes wrong.