|"Dambuilders", a series of brochures provided by Waikato Regional Council, provides valuable information for people working with dams and canals
On this page: Building a dam, brochures, application forms and checklists, dams register, useful links, contact us
Building 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:
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
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.
Find out more
The New Zealand Society of Large Dams works with advancing technology of dam engineering and supports sustainable development of dams and subjects related to them.
The Department of Building and Housing can guide you regarding building law and compliance.
BRANZ Limited helps you with independent research and information about building and construction.
New Zealand Historic Places Trust recognises, promotes and protects New Zealand's historic and cultural heritage.
If you need more help, have a look at our frequently asked questions, or contact us.