Find out about valuers and property valuations in New Zealand.
Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) does not carry out property valuations. Our role, through the Office of the Valuer-General, is to set standards for the rating valuations and to audit local authorities. Rating valuations are used to set your annual property rates.
Who does property valuations in New Zealand?
Local councils undertake rating valuations, and they often contract valuation service providers (VSP) like QV. Property valuations are done by registered valuers.
Check property details before you buy
If you are looking to buy a property, you should get a valuation from an independent, registered valuer. You can find out more about ownership in property titles and plans.
Finding registered valuers
You may have to use a registered valuer if a full market valuation is required. Registered valuers must be certified by the Valuers Registration Board. If they are actively valuing for the public, they require an annual practising certificate.
Complaints about a registered valuer’s work
If you are dissatisfied with the conduct of a registered valuer you can formally complain to the Valuation Board.
When rating valuations occur
Local authorities carry out property valuations to help determine your annual property rates. Rating valuation notices and rates demands are issued by local authorities. Valuations occur at least every three years. Contact your local authority about their revaluation schedule or for your current rating valuation.
Maintaining rating valuation standards
Local authorities may contract a VSP to make and maintain rating valuations within their district.
Find out more about the role of the Valuer-General in ensuring that valuations meet national standards in the audit of rating valuations.