Chapter 4 – Build Approval Process



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This Build Approval Process is aimed at builders of all scratch-built or substantially modified
vehicles. Please note that the Build Approval Process is a voluntary one (unless the process is specifically required withing specific sections of the CCM), and is not a mandatory part of the LVV process. It’s here to help you, if you want help or peace of mind. The system has been developed to enable assistance to be provided to hobbyists, by experienced specialists within the car-building hobby who have a good understanding of vehicle construction, and the complex regime of new regulatory requirements progressively introduced by the New Zealand Government since 1990. Blindly forging ahead and building a low volume vehicle in this regulated age can result in costly and time-consuming consequences. The purpose of this Build Approval Process is to assist hobbyist motor vehicle builders and modifiers in achieving their aims and objectives in relation to hobby car construction, and to get them through the low volume vehicle certification process as painlessly as possible.


The NZ Car Construction Manual (referred to as the ‘CCM’, and previously entitled the NZ Hobby Car Technical Manual) is a comprehensive technical manual encompassing the many aspects of vehicle design, modification and construction. Over the years the scope of the manual has expanded to encompass many types of modified vehicles. It is developed by the Low Volume Vehicle Technical Association Inc (LVVTA), and is incorporated by reference into the LVV Standards, which are in turn incorporated by reference in the NZ Land Transport Rules.

The CCM first became available for purchase online on 1st November 2016. The complete manual can be purchased electronically or in hard-copy, or alternatively, individual chapters can be purchased as necessary. There are also a number of non-technical chapters which are available free of charge. Click here to view all available chapters.

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Registration and notification of updates:

From time to time the content of the CCM will be amended or updated to reflect changes in trends, system improvements, or to clarify existing requirements.

When an electronic copy of the CCM is purchased online, you will be required to supply an email address. This email address will then be used by LVVTA to notify you of any updates or other relevant information.

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If your email address changes, please notify us of the change so that we can maintain your current contact details. Please ensure that you provide your previous and new email addresses when doing so.

Amendment Records:

The following is a record of all amendments to the CCM.

  • Name Change, released 1 November 2016 (NZ Car Construction Manual)
  • 1st Amendment, released 1 November 2010 (NZ Hobby Car Technical Manual)
  • Original version, released 1 January 2007 (NZ Hobby Car Technical Manual)