The Design Manual covers a diverse range of content, and aims to support everyone who is contributing to the built environment.
Need design inspiration? Check out the Design Manual's excellent range of visual examples.
If you’re looking for great photos or illustrations for inspiration on your next project, check out the
under the Resources section.
There are over a hundred examples of houses from Auckland and around the world.
Need a helping hand with the Unitary Plan?
Our Unitary Plan guides are a good starting point for understanding the rules and getting your head around what you can actually build under the new plan.
to ensure you understand the new residential standards.
provide illustrated checklists for applying the rules to your site, assisting you to plan your site and establish your building envelope.
The Design Manual covers a range of project types
Look at the residential design guides to expand your knowledge on how to deliver the most functional, comfortable and liveable designs for your project.
Currently, the Design Manual has guides for
These are non-statutory design guides based on international best practice standards.
Each guide walks you through the process, starting with a broader focus on how to lay out your site, through to specific details such as layout of living areas within the building itself.
Depending on the size or scale of your project the Design Manual also has guidance for
If you are interested in following a specific design specialism, the Design Thinking hub offers everything from