The licensed building practitioners (LBP) scheme is one of the changes in the Building Act 2004 to encourage better building design and construction.
Critical building work that is known as restricted building work (RBW), must now be supervised or carried out by a licensed building practitioner (LBP).
This change in building legislatation affects building consent applications received from 1 March 2012.
For more information on restricted building work, see:
Restricted Building Work - Department of Building and Housing website
For more information on what constitutes a licensed building practitioner, see below.
The LBP scheme is administered by the Department of Building and Housing. The scheme promotes, recognises and supports professional skills and behaviour in the building construction industry.
If you are building, this will affect you in the following ways:
A licensed building practitioner is someone who is recorded in the register of LBPs because they have satisfied the Registrar that they meet the standards for their class. See section 286 of the Building Act:
There are seven licence classes in the LBP scheme:
You can apply to be licensed in more than one licence class but you must be able to demonstrate that you are competent in each class you apply for.
For more information on licensing and restricted building work, see:
The competencies for the licence classes were developed by industry working groups. They represent the skills and knowledge that a competent person with sound experience in the building construction industry should be able to demonstrate.
The LBP scheme is for competent individuals. Companies and commercial entities cannot be licensed, but the people they employ or subcontract can apply to be licensed.
Professional engineers, architects, plumbers and gasfitters are also treated as LBPs and can carry out some restricted building work.
If your work is covered by one of the licence classes, this is your opportunity to have your skills and experience formally recognised.
For information on licensed building practioners, including getting licensed, see:
To check if your builder / contractor is currently licensed under the LBP scheme, search the Public Register by their name: