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The guide can be downloaded for free online. Image – NT Government, background Canva.
  • 54-page guide outlines choices and process
  • Comes as the Territory Government prioritises reform in the building arena

The Northern Territory Government has today announced an updated version of a consumer guide for those building or renovating.

Officially titled the ‘Building and Renovating in the NT Consumer Guide’, the 54-page guide outlines the choices and processes of building or renovating either a stand-alone home or a detached single dwelling.

Eva Lawler, the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, said the updated guide comes as the Territory Government continues to prioritise building regulation reform.

“Building or renovating your home can be a rewarding experience, but the process can be complex,” she said.

“The updated Building and Renovating in the NT Consumer Guide makes sure Territorians and their builders are on the same page when it comes to undertaking a project on your home.

“With checklists and plain English explanations, the consumer is guide is a one stop shop for all your renovating and building questions.”

Eva Lawler, Minister for Planning and Infrastructre

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Eva Lawler. Image – LinkedIn

The guide itself covers a range of topics such as roles and responsibilities of both homeowners and building practitioners, including how to research a builder or contractor and the requirements of a contract. Additionally, there is a section outlining what to do before, during and after a build, including how to deal with disputes.

Updates to the guide including clearer outlines surrounding the roles of all individual parties in any building projects, warranties, and when permits are required for pool fences, converting a shed to a house and alternative pathways to occupancy certification.

“The Territory’s construction industry supports local jobs and creates homes for Territorians.

“We want to make sure that when Territorians make their biggest investment, they feel safe in their homes and are confident that it has been built to a quality standard that meets the National Construction Code.”


Visit the Northern Territory Government website to receive a copy.

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