Are they licensed?

A licensed building practitioner (LBP) can be identified by producing their photo ID licence card and by checking their details against the public register.

If you are the homeowner it is your responsibility to make certain that the people you are using are licensed to do the work.

A building practitioner is considered 'non-licensed' if:

  • they have never been licensed 
  • they do not have an appropriate licence for the work they’re doing (for example, they have a Carpentry licence but are doing work they need a Design licence for)
  • they do not have a current licence
  • they have a suspended licence

By law, a non-licensed person:

  • can’t carry out Restricted Building Work (RBW) (unless they’re supervised by a LBP)
  • can’t supervise RBW.

How to tell if your building practitioner is not licensed

  1. If you’re getting RBW done, always ask to see your building practitioner’s LBP card to confirm that the photo matches the practitioner you are planning to engage.
  2. Use the details on the card to find them on the public register of LBPs to confirm that they hold a current licence
  3. Check their licence class; licence status; status reason and suspension history
  4. If there is a suspension history – check the suspension end date to ensure the licence is current.