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Changes to the Building Act

Build It Right - New Licensed Building Practitioners Scheme

From 1 March 2012, if you apply for a building consent you'll need to make sure all restricted building work is carried out or supervised by a licensed building practitioner (LBP).

The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment has clarified the wording that can be used by Licensed Building Practitioners to certify that work complies with the Building Code.

Solid Fuel Heaters

If you want to install a solid fuel heater, you will need to apply for a building consent.

And if the work has been classified as Restricted Building Work (RBW), you will need to use a licensed building practitioner (LBP) to do or supervise the work.

Note: we consider the following to be RBW:

  • work that penetrates the building envelope by over 300mm
  • work that involves any structural modifications to the building.

For more information about licensed building practitioners, see:

Licensed Building Practitioners Scheme

To find out what is meant by restricted building work, see:

Restricted Building Work


While Schedule 1 of the Building Act provides for some exemptions from building consent, all work must still comply with other legislation, including:

  • Building Code
  • Resource Management Act 1991
  • Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers Act 1976
  • Electricity Act 1992
  • Health Act 1956
  • relevant bylaws.

When you apply for a building consent, you must decide whether or not the work that is exempt is to be included as part of the consent application. If it is not included, that work will not be inspected or receive a Code Compliance Certificate.