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The Licensed Building Practitioner scheme is a licensing scheme to help ensure that people in the building industry are competent and accountable, so that homes and buildings are designed and built right the first time.

Licensing began on 1 November 2007.  Licences are currently available in 7 classes, from designers and carpenters through to roofers and exterior plasterers.

To become licensed, applicants have to show that they meet the competencies for the licensing class(es) they apply for.

The Scheme was developed by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment , with extensive input from the building industry.

Licensed building practitioners are listed on an online register that members of the public can access to find out whether building professionals are licensed.

From 1 March 2012, certain types of restricted building work must be carried out or supervised by licensed building practitioners.

Update from Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment - 20 January 2012

The DBH has sent us the documents below in preparation for the start of the LBP scheme on 1 March 2012.  If you are in the building and architectural design industries please read this information.

General Information

 Specific guidance

A key change you will find with this scheme is the requirement to fill in memorandums confirming your status as a licensed building practitioner, and confirmation that your work complies with the Building Code.

The forms look like this.

For more information about the Licensed Building Practitioner scheme visit the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website.


Last Reviewed: 24/01/2014