Property projects and design

This directory page links to guidance, resources, and information about school property projects. This includes engaging project managers, adhering to design standards, and more.

Level of compliance Main audience Other


  • Boards
  • Principals and tumuaki
  • Proprietors
  • Property managers
  • Project managers

More reading is essential to understand the mandatory requirements of boards during the life of a school property project. Our information for infrastructure suppliers provides guidance for project managers and other contractors.

Role and responsibilities of boards

Boards have a governance role in project management. They are also responsible for engaging a project manager. All school property projects, no matter how small, must have a project manager.

Role of the board in property projects

Project manager engagement

School property project stages

Project management forms

School property procurement

Procurement covers all aspects of acquiring and delivering goods, services and works.

School property construction procurement

Contracts for school-led property projects and maintenance

Contracts for Ministry-led property projects

Insurance for school property projects

Designing schools

When improving a school environment, schools should follow the Ministry requirements and guidelines for school design and project management, to ensure schools are safe and fit for purpose.

School design

Learning environments for education outcomes

Minimum standards for quality learning environments


Building standards and legislation

The relevant standards for school property work include the following:

Standards and requirements for school property design

Summary of design standards

Legal requirements

Ministry requirements

Building Act 2004 – NZ Legislation(external link)

New Zealand Building Code – link)

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