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About the LBP Scheme

The licensed building practitioners (LBP) scheme was launched in November 2007 following an amendment to the Building Act 2004. Its purpose is to encourage competent building practitioners to build homes right the first time. The scheme also gives consumers the necessary information to make informed decisions about the competence of building practitioners they may engage.  

The LBP scheme is structured into seven licensing classes, each based on a specific role or occupation that is crucial to a building's performance. You can read more about the LBP licensing classes here.

You can read more about the LBP scheme on the Overview page.

Also, in this section is information about other licensing schemes in the building and construction sector.

Since the LBP scheme was launched, a number of trade groups and individuals have proposed changes to the LBP licensing classes. If you would like more information about how proposals for change are assessed, you can read the assessment criteria and template for proposals on this page.

Overview

Overview of the Licensed Building Practitioner scheme including the parties administering the scheme, the purpose of the scheme and the different elements of the scheme.

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Other licensing schemes

Occupational licensing aims to ensure that people in the building industry who are responsible for the work done are competent and accountable, so that homes and buildings are designed and built right the first time. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment administers occupational licensing in six areas.

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RBW - Offences and penalties

Restricted building work (RBW) is certain residential building work critical to the structural integrity and weathertightness of a building. It must be carried out or supervised by appropriately licensed building practitioners (LBPs)

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Proposing changes to LBP licensing classes

Since the Licensed Building Practitioner scheme was established in 2007, a number of trade groups and individuals have proposed changes to the LBP licensing classes and areas of practice. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has published a set of assessment criteria to provide building practitioners with more clarity about how the Ministry assesses these proposals.

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Last updated 9 August 2017