​​​​​​​​​​​​Building guides and references​

​​​​​​​​​Licenced building practitioner

​​A Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) is a tradesperson you can trust to know how to "build it right". LBPs have been assessed as being competent to do the type of building they hold a licence for. LBPs have to show certain skills, give proof of practical experience and comply with the building code to get their licence.

They also have to gain enough maintenance points every two years to keep it. There are a number of licences that can be held by a tradesperson. These each specialise in an area of the building process. These licences are:

  • Design
  • Carpentry
  • Foundation
  • Roofing
  • Brick and Block laying
  • External Plastering

Registered architects and chartered professional engineers are automatically treated as design LBPs and you can employ them to do any Restricted Building Work design. 

Registered plumbers and gasfitters are automatically treated as LBPs in the roofing, external plastering, and brick and block laying licensing classes. All can only carry out work that they are competent to do. ​ You can check​k to see if a tra​​des person is registered  at L​icensed Building Practitioners website.

​Waivers and modifications of the building​ code​

​Section 67 of the Building Act 2004 allows territorial authorities (TA) to grant a building consent subject to waiver or modification of the building code. If a building consent is granted subject to a waiver or modification, the territorial authority must notify the chief executive of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (the Ministry) under section 68 of the Building Act 2004. The Ministry has prepared guidance information and an example notification form to assist territorial authorities when granting building consents subject to waivers and modifications of the building code. For more information please visit building performance website​.


A determination is a binding decision made by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. It provides a way of solving disputes or questions about the rules that apply to buildings, how buildings are used, building accessibility, health and safety.​ A determination is a process that can be used when you can't agree with us about building work, to help you solve the problem.  For more information please visit building performance website​.

Page reviewed: 03 Apr 2017 11:58am