Construction requirements

Work to construct new infrastructure and land developments that will be owned or maintained by Council must comply with strict guidelines. This includes projects relating lighting, roading, water, wastewater and surface water systems.

This section outlines the technical and construction requirements for these projects to make sure the work will be designed, approved and built to Council standards, national codes and regulations.

For further information, please contact our City Environment, Asset Management Team on (03) 941 8999 or email

Construction Standard Specifications (CSS)

Council's technical requirements for the construction of land and asset developments in our city.

Construction environmental management

Best practice guides and resources to assist contractors avoid environmental harm and ensure compliance.

Engineering plan acceptance for three waters assets

Engineering plans for vested three waters infrastructure require review and acceptance by Council.

Subscribe to CSS and IDS notifications

Subscribe to updates on Construction Standard Specifications (CSS), Infrastructure Design Standard (IDS) and Approved Materials List.

Approved Materials List

Acceptable materials that can be used in the construction of assets that will be taken over or maintained by Christchurch City Council.

Tenders & contracts

We use TenderLink as the online system for publishing Council tender opportunities.