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Dams, safety requirements and building consents

picture of damBuilding a dam

This page provides information to all those who own a dam or canal, or are planning to construct, modify or remove a dam, canal or a structure associated with a dam.

A dam's safety is dependent on its design, construction and how it's managed, operated and maintained so there are a number of requirements to take into account.

Waikato Regional Council provides “Dambuilders”, a series of brochures which can be downloaded from the following links below.

Note: The Government has decided that dam safety is better suited to being managed under the Resource Management Act (RMA) rather than the Building Act. As such, the Building (Dam Safety) Regulations 2008 have been revoked with effect from 30 June 2015.

Further information will be provided once this is know. In the meantime,  you may wish to vist the Department of Building and Housing's website(external link).

'Dambuilders' brochures

"Dambuilders"are series of brochures provided by Waikato Regional Council. They're full of valuable information for people working with dams and canals.

For further information scroll down. If you have additional questions, our frequently asked questions should be able to help you.

Applications forms and checklists

Downloadable documents on this site are subject to change from time to time, so if you print a hard copy please check that its up to date.

Forms for the general public

Dam Process Map – App 8.8
Building Consent / PIM Application Form F2
Amendment Application Form F37
Code Compliance Certificate Application Form F6
Building Consent Checklist C2
Certificate of Acceptance Application Form F8
F15 - Application for Certificate for Public Use [PDF, 65 KB]


Technical forms

Inspection and Producer Statement Requirements Form F27
Summary of Inspection Form F28
Building Code - Checklist C6
Compliance Schedule Checklist C9
Amendment to Compliance Schedule Application Form F11


Dams register

Waikato Regional Council and other regional councils are required under the Building Act to maintain a register of dams for their respective regions.

The register enables councils to contact dam owners on matters of importance to them, such as new regulations and guidance material on dam safety. If you own a dam, then you should check with your council whether your dam should be on the register.

For Waikato Regional Council dam owners, there is no cost for having details on the register. To do so, call our freephone on 0800 800 401, or email us.  See the link below.  

Find out more

Have a look at our frequently asked questions

The New Zealand Society of Large Dams(external link) works with advancing technology of dam engineering and supports sustainable development of dams and subjects related to them.                                             

The Department of Building and Housing(external link) can guide you regarding building law and compliance.       

BRANZ(external link) Limited helps you with independent research and information about building and construction.                                              

New Zealand Historic Places Trust(external link) recognises, promotes and protects New Zealand's historic and cultural heritage.

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