Licensed building practitioner scheme

The Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) scheme was introduced by the Government in November 2007 as part of the changes to the Building Act 2004. The aim of the scheme is to ensure certain building works are only completed by competent, licensed building practitioners.

From 1st March 2012 only LBP’s may carry out or supervise certain types of building work – known as “restricted building work” – on homes and small to medium sized apartments.

Restricted building work is work that is deemed to be critical to the integrity of the building, namely:

  • Design and construction that relates to the structure (load-bearing walls; foundations, etc)
  • Design and construction that relates to moisture penetration (roofs, cladding, etc)
  • Design of fire safety systems for small to medium sized apartments.

The scheme has seven licence classes:

  • Designers
  • Carpenters
  • External plasterers
  • Bricklayers and blocklayers
  • Foundation specialists
  • Roofers
  • Site (ie: on-site supervisors or managers)

From March 2012 it is an offence for an unlicensed person to carry out or supervise any restricted building work and it is an offence to knowingly engage an unlicensed person to carry out or supervise restricted building work.

Requirements for design LBPs before submitting a building consent

A Design LBP designing restricted building work must provide a Memorandum (Certificate of Design Work) to the building owner.

This memorandum must be included with the Building Consent application.

A form for this is available on the Ministry of Business,Innovation and Employment website 

Requirements for trade LBPs before starting restricted building work

Before restricted building work can be started, the owner is required to inform the council in writing who will be undertaking the restricted building work.

The form below has been developed for use by owners and/or LBPs wishing to notify Council.

The use of this specific form is not mandatory, however the details listed on it are; they must be submitted to Council for each restricted building project and each LBP working on that project.

Requirements for trade LBPs on completion of restricted building work

As a Trade LBP you are required to complete a Memorandum (Record of Building Work) when your part of the restricted building work is complete.

The completed Memorandum must be given to the building owner and the Council. A Memorandum (Record of Building Work) is required from each LBP that carried out or supervised restricted building work.

A form for this is available on the Ministry of Business,Innovation and Employment website

As a building owner you are required to include all of these Memoranda (Records of Building Work) when apply for a Code Compliance Certificate

For more information on the LBP scheme please see the Ministry of Business,Innovation and Employment website

Owner-Builders Exemption

Owner-Builders are able to carry out Restricted Building Work on their own home without being an LBP.

You are an Owner-Builder if you:

  • Live in or are going to live in the home (includes a bach or holiday home).
  • Carry out the Restricted Building Work to your own home yourself, or with the help of your unpaid friends and family members, and
  • Have not, under the Owner-Builder Exemption, carried out Restricted Building Work to any other home within the previous three years.

Using the Owner-Builder Exemption

Before you can use the Owner-Builder exemption you need to complete a Statutory declaration as to owner-builder status form (see link below) showing that you meet the owner-builder criteria.

The statutory declaration form has to be witnessed and signed by a Justice of the Peace or someone else authorised by law do so.

This form needs to be given to Council with your application for a building consent, or before the construction phase of the Restricted Building Work on your home starts.

A Notice of Owner-Builder form is also available for use during the construction process when the owner-builder starts or stops using the owner-builder exemption.

For more information on owner-builder exemptions please see the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website