Builder

The licensed building practitioner (LBP) scheme was introduced in the Building Act 2004. The scheme sets national standards for people working in the industry. Licensing is voluntary except for people designing or carrying out restricted building work. From 1 March 2012, anyone doing restricted work must be licensed.

The Act provides for licensing classes covering:

  • Designers (registered architects and chartered professional engineers are automatically LBPs)
  • Site supervisors and construction managers
  • Tradespeople (separate licensing requirements exist for carpenters, external plasterers, roofers, brick and blocklayers, and foundation workers; registered plumbers and registered gasfitters are already classed as LBPs)

LBPs must work within their scope of practice. For example, a licensed carpenter can’t do or supervise external plastering work and a licensed plasterer can’t do or supervise carpentry.

You can check whether someone is licensed by visiting the LBP register at www.dbh.govt.nz/lbp. You can also ask to see their LBP card.

 

We say

  • Moves to improve building quality are welcome. The introduction of licensing requirements for builders carrying out critical work is a positive step.
  • Weaknesses in consumer protection need to be fixed. We'd like to see mandatory home warranties and an effective dispute-resolution scheme. 

 

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