Licensed Building Practitioners
Licensed Building Practitioners Scheme (LBP's)
The LBP scheme is one of the changes in the Building Act 2004 to encourage better building design and construction.
The licensed building practitioners (LBP) scheme promotes, recognises and supports professional skills and behaviour in the building construction industry.
The Department of Building and Housing (the Department) administers the scheme.
From 1 March 2012 critical building work that is known as Restricted Building Work, must be supervised or carried out by an LBP (Licensed Building Practitioner).
If you are building, this affects YOU...
Consumers and building practitioners are affected, visit Licensed Building Practitioner on the Department of Building and Housing (DBH) website for more information.
See also the brochure "Build it Right" - provided courtesy of the Department of Building and Housing
The critical factors affecting the building industry are:
- the requirement to employ the services of a licensed building practitioner from 1 March 2012 to either complete, or supervise, restricted building work (see below).
- the requirement to provide a Certificate of Work (available 1 March 2012) at building consent application.
- the names of all licensed building practitioners must be supplied to Council BEFORE construction begins. Please note: you will NOT be able to book an inspection until this list has been supplied to Council.
- the requirement to provide a Record of Work (available 1 March 2012) from each of the licensed building practitioners involved in the construction, when the project is complete.
Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP)
A person recorded in the register of LBPs because they have satisfied the Registrar of LBPs that they meet the standards for their licence class. See section 286 of the Building Act
There are seven license classes in the LBP scheme:
- Bricklaying and Blocklaying
- External Plastering
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. See licensing publications on the Department of Building and Housing (DBH) website for more details.
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.
If your work is covered by one of the licence classes, this is your opportunity to have your skills and experience formally recognised. Visit get licensed.
To check if your builder / contractor are currently licensed under the LBP scheme, we recommend you search the Public Register by their name.