Licensed Building Practitioners

Information about LBP

The LBP scheme came about in 2012 to recognise and encourage successful residential house builders, and stamp out cowboys within the industry. Currently, the scheme is well established and recognised as a benchmark standard for employing a professional builder.

What is a Licensed Building Practitioner?

LBP’s are practicing NZ builders that have been assessed and deemed competent by the Ministry of Building, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE). They must maintain their skills and knowledge and are accountable for their work to a licensing board.

When is a Licensed Builder Required?

Work that requires a builders’ license is dubbed ‘Restricted Building Work.’ This includes any new work or renovation work that affects the weather-tightness or structure of your home or any job that requires a permit (building consent).

Why use a Licensed Building Practitioner?

It is important to use a licensed building practitioner when undertaking restricted building work. A Licensed Building Practitioner is bound by a 12-month defect repair period after completing the work to fix any faults or defects. They are also responsible for organising the repair of any work, and arranging the replacement of any product that becomes faulty. LBP’s are responsible for remedying defective work for up to 10 years after completing a build. This ensures that all work is done properly and that the correct materials are used.

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Brick and Block Layers

External Plasterers

Foundation Specialists

Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers are treated as LPB and must be authorised to carry out work by the Plumbers, Gasfitters, and Drainlayers board.

Electricians must be registered to the Electrical Workers Registration Board.

What if My Builder Isn’t Licensed?

It is the homeowner’s responsibility to ensure that a permit is obtained and an LBP is used when undertaking restricted work. Fines can be enforced for non-compliant work, and home insurance may be invalid. It is in the homeowner’s interest to ensure that a Licensed Builder is used so that your investment is safe and built to last.

How do I know if my Builder is Licensed?

You can ask to see their LBP identification card. In addition, it is advised that you check the LBP register to check if your builder is currently registered and not suspended or terminated. The license is held by individuals, not by building companies.


A licensed builder will always use a contract for work over $30,000, and provide a disclosure statement explaining his qualifications and insurances. This ensures transparency and agreement for exactly what is included in the job and how payments are made.