There are three types of surveyors:

  • Registered Surveyors - work out where boundaries are and will work out the legal plans for your proposal

  • Quantity Surveyors - work out costings around a proposed building project to allow you to work out whether your plans fit your budget, and help you keep costs under control

  • Building Surveyors - inspect buildings to ensure built well or what problems there are


Registered Surveyors


Under the Resource Management Act 1991, if you want to subdivide land or create a site for another dwelling, you must obtain permission from your local Council.

To achieve this, your proposal needs to be assessed against rules which your Council has set in its District Plan. Also you may need to show how your activity will affect the environment and how any possible adverse effects will be dealt with.

Determining just how the rules affect your proposal can be complex.

The final legal plans for your subdivision must be prepared by a Registered Surveyor. A member of the NZ lnstitute of Surveyors can provide the professional help that you need. When you consult a Surveyor first, you will receive expert assistance with all stages of your subdivision.

for more information visit the NZ Institute of Surveyors





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The Accredited Building Surveyors programme is formal industry recognition of the professional ability, education and standard of competence required to undertake a variety of building survey work.

An Accredited Building Surveyor will have undergone a stringent assessment procedure to successfully obtain accreditation.

QUALITY ASSURANCE INSPECTIONS – New homes and Additions: Building Surveyors can identify issues or finishing work that needs to be addressed during the final stages of the build and at completion of the project. This not only contributes towards an effective handover, but also will help ease progress through council consent processes.

UNAUTHORISED WORKS & INCOMPLETE WORKS: Building work done without a permit or consent or that has an outstanding Code of Compliancewillinmostinstancesrequirea“specialistreport”. Your Accredited Building Surveyor can help guide you through the process and even provide them.

MAINTENANCE INSPECTIONS: Before undertaking any additions or renovations, understand the condition of the property and what needs to bedonetoensureyourbudgetisgoingwhereitshould. Afterbuilding, it is recommended you undertake a maintenance survey every 3 to 5 years to help keep your home sound and healthy.

PRE-PURCHASE & PRE-SALE INSPECTIONS: Understand the condition of a property you’re looking to buy or sell by ensuring you have a credible report to NZ Standards 4306:2005 from an Accredited Building Surveyor. If selling you can choose to fix or obtain quotes for any key issues identified and provide the purchaser with the information and report. If buying, do so understanding what you are taking on.

There are a myriad of property related matters that an Accredited Building Surveyor can help you with by providing independent, qualified andimpartialinformation. Manyintheindustrydonotcurrentlyhave the right training and qualifications to do the job properly so choose your professional partner well. Using someone who is accredited is a good start.

To find an Accredited Building Surveyor visit the Building Officials Institute NZ


Quantity Surveyors


As with most things, it’s better to start a project like this with as accurate an idea of the costs as possible. To help you achieve this, Quantity Surveyors will take your sketch designs and proposed components and produce reasonably accurate cost estimates.

Better to find out now whether what you want is what you can afford rather than half way through realise you can’t!

For more, go to the NZ Institute of Quantity Surveyors