Restricted building work is design or construction work that is critical to the integrity of a building.
From 1 March 2012, only licensed building practitioners will be allowed to carry out or supervise restricted building work. Therefore, a consent application that involves restricted building work will need to include the names of LBPs carrying out or supervising that work.
See section 45(1)(e) of the Building Act:
The Government defines restricted building work as that which includes the design and construction of a house or small- to medium-sized apartment, and which covers:
Appropriately-licensed LBPs will be responsible for plans and specifications used in a consent application for restricted building work. See section 45(2)-(4) of the Building Act.
For homeowners who would like more information about licensed building practitioners, see:
For those in the building industry who would like more information about restricted building work, see:
Owner-Builders are able to carry out Restricted Building Work on their own home. To see if you qualify as an Owner-Builder and to learn more about the Owner-Builder Exemption visit the Department of Building and Housing website:
Most DIY work is usually minor repair, maintenance or alteration work and doesn't fall within the category of Restricted Building Work. For this work nothing has changed and home owners can continue to do this work as they always have.
An Owner-Builder is responsible for ensuring that Restricted Building Work carried out under the Owner-Builder Exemption complies with the building consent and the relevant plans and specifications. More information can be found on the Department of Building and Housing website: