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Licensed Building Practitioners scheme

 

From 1 March 2012, building practitioners must be licensed in order to carry out or supervise work on homes and small-medium sized apartment buildings that is critical to the integrity of the building.  The LBP scheme aims to ensure that people in the building industry who are responsible for the building work done are competent and accountable, so that homes and buildings are designed and built right the first time.

 

Why use an LBP

 

The Licensed Building Practitioner accreditation confirms for consumers that the building practitioners they are engaging have been assessed as technically competent in their licensed field.

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Also, to retain their licence, an LBP has to provide the Department with a record of training and activities such as reading industry publications or attending training courses/seminars.

 

An LBP can be identified either by producing their photo ID Licence Card or by checking their details against the public register.  For more information on the NZ licensing scheme visit www.dbh.govt.nz or click on the link button above.

 

If you do not want to manage the building project yourself then you may want to consider engaging a Site Licensed Building Practitioner.

 

A Site licence shows competency in organising and managing building projects including:

 

• Demonstrating knowledge of the regulatory requirements of the building and construction industry

• Showing technical knowledge of construction methods and practices

• Managing personal and ....

• Providing technical supervision

 

The LBP scheme aims to ensure that people in the building industry who are responsible for the building work done are competent and accountable, so that homes and buildings are designed and built right the first time.

 

Do I need a building consent?

 

If you are carrying out building work you may need to apply for a building consent.

 

Here are some examples of work that requires a consent:

 

• Any structural building including new buildings, additions, alterations, accessory buildings (sheds), and re-piling

• Retaining walls higher than 1.5 metres, or retaining walls with a building or driveway near the top

• Fences higher than 2.5 metres and any swimming pool fence

• Decks more than 1.5 metres from ground level

 

Building work that does not require a building consent:

 

Some examples of exempt building work are:

 

• Minor drainage work that does not affect the connection to the public system

• Replacing windows so long as it doesn’t affect the structural stability of the building

• Changes to timber framed internal walls so long as it doesn’t affect the structural stability of the building

• Walls and fences under 2.5 meters high

• Decks under 1.5 meters high

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Licensed Building Practitioners scheme

                 Always check the LBP Register to ensure your building practitioner is licensed

Our licensed building practitioner [LBP]  reference number is BP106006

www.dbh.govt.nz/lbp