Work that is critical to make a home structurally sound and weathertight is referred to as restricted building work. This includes residential design, construction or alteration work that:
Requires a building consent AND involves or affects:
A home’s primary structure
Its certain fire safety design.
You must use licensed building practitioners to design and carry out or supervise restricted building work. These practitioners are registered, required to keep their skills and knowledge up to date and licensed for the type of work they do. Licence classes include:
It’s important you choose wisely when selecting your designer, builder or tradesperson as not all people are licensed.
The rules about restricted building work are part of Council’s role in consenting and inspecting building work. The law requires that each licensed building practitioner who works on your home must provide a Certificate of Design Work or Record of Building Work.
The licensed building practitioner scheme exists to ensure restricted building work is done or supervised by competent design professionals.
Restricted building work mainly relates to residential projects, and includes both design and construction. The Building Act states an owner must ensure any restricted building work on their property is either done or supervised by a licensed building practitioner.
When applying for a building consent, your application must include memoranda from the practitioners who undertook or supervised the design. At the end of the project, your licensed building practitioners who did the work are required to issue memoranda to both you and Council showing who undertook or supervised the restricted building work.
If you’re a homeowner who qualifies for the owner-builder exemption you will not need to be or use a licensed building practitioner for restricted building work on your home, but you will still need to apply for a building consent.
You can apply for this exemption when you submit your building consent application. Any work you do will be listed as a do-it-yourself job on your Land Information Memorandum for any future buyers to see.
All the building work you do must still comply with the Building Code and will be inspected as usual during your building process. You are responsible for the quality of work or any defects.
You must meet certain criteria to be considered an owner-builder. You are an owner-builder if you:
Please note: Before you apply you should ensure you also consider the Resource Management Act 1991.
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