How to identify an LBP
A licensed building practitioner (LBP) can be identified by their licence ID (digital licence or printout of their digital licence) 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 an LBP)
- can’t supervise RBW.
How to tell if your building practitioner is licensed
- If you’re getting RBW done, always ask to see your building practitioner’s licence ID to confirm that the photo matches the building practitioner you are planning to engage. Your building practitioner may show you their digital licence or a printout of their digital licence
- Use the details on the licence ID, or scan the QR code, to find them on the public register of LBPs to confirm that they hold a current licence
- Check their licence class; licence status; status reason and suspension history
- If there is a suspension history, check the suspension end date to ensure the licence is current.