Wellington City Archives is a primary information resource for the history of Wellington.

Some services temporarily unavailable on 4 September 2015

The City Archives offices will be closed to the public on Friday 4 September 2015 as renovations to the front office are being carried out. We can still respond via email and phone so email requests to or leave us a message on (04) 801 2096.

Building plans, permits and consents

If you are looking for building plans, or information about building permits or consents, you can make a request for these through the Building Consent Search Service.

Accessing the Archives

The Archives is free to visit, but you must book in advance. Some services incur fees. You can also ...

What's in the Archives?

Dating back to 1842 when Wellington became the first site of local government in New Zealand, the ar...