Do business and develop in the Central City

Take part in shaping the Central City, the vibrant heart of 21st Century Christchurch.

New Zealand's oldest city is now its newest; an international city of opportunity. We're embracing fresh ideas and big thinking to define the Central City as an urban centre of creativity, innovation and bold, ambitious development.

With an investment of $40 billion in the rebuild and an aspiration to attract thousands of new residents over ten years, this is a primed canvas for inspired neighbourhoods and a platform for prosperity. 

We're here to support businesses and developers. Let's work together to make the Central City a dynamic place to live, work and play.

How can we help?

Have questions or need guidance? Get in touch.

There's a range of services and support available, and getting sorted early on in your development process can save you time and money. Email us at

Building momentum

Find the information, statistics and insights you need to make informed decisions.

Understanding the rules

Big ideas bring innovation and vitality to the Central City, and a unique set of planning rules.

Building with our support

Get access to advice and services that will help save you time and money.

Central City map

Refer to our helpful geospatial map for Central City activity and opportunities for development.

Vacant sites

The Council has created a programme to support owners of vacant sites to develop and improve site appearance in the interim.

Ōtautahi House

Support for alternative housing in the Central City

What we are doing to support alternative housing approaches and projects in the Central City.

Navigating Central City noise as a business

Managing noise issues in a mixed-use area.

Soundproofing in the Central City

Guidance on effectively soundproofing Central City homes

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