"Fact sheet - restricted building work and owner-builder exemption - PDF"
LBP May 2010 Fact sheet – restricted building work The Government has announced that restricted building work will start from March 2012. Restricted building work must be carried out or supervised by a licensed building practitioner (LBP). What is restricted building work? Restricted building work is work that is critical to the integrity of a building. The Government will detail restricted building work before 2012, but it is likely to include the: • design and construction of a house or small-medium sized apartment’s primary structure (eg, foundations and framing) – to ensure the building can withstand vertical and horizontal loads • design and construction of a house or small-medium sized apartment’s external envelope (eg, roofing and cladding) – to ensure the building is weathertight • design of fire safety systems (eg, sprinklers, fire alarms) for small-medium sized apartments – to ensure people are adequately protected from the dangers of smoke and fire. By its nature, restricted building work is important to the building, is complex to do, needs to be done right, and should therefore be done by a competent person. What will not be restricted building work? Restricted building work is only a subset of all building work. It will apply only to work that requires a building consent. Restricted building work will not apply to all types of buildings. The following will be excluded from restricted building work: • exempt work (Schedule 1) • outbuildings or ancillary buildings, including farm buildings • tents and marquees • sheds, garages, free standing decks and conservatories More information is available on www.dbh.govt.nz/lbp-faqs-restricted-building- diy#aid1 For help call our helpline on 0800 60 60 50 between 8.30am and 5pm Monday to Friday or email email@example.com Fact sheet – Owner-builder (DIY) exemption Why will owner-builders (DIYers) have an exemption? The exemption is intended to ensure that the Kiwi tradition of DIY building work can continue when restricted building work starts in 2012. People who want to build their own home can still do so. Most DIYers do not build their own homes from scratch. However, if they want to, they can by claiming an exemption from restricted building work. Most DIYers will be unaffected by restricted building work. This is because much DIY work does not need a building consent, and much of the work that does need a consent will not be restricted building work. What will the owner-builder exemption achieve? The exemption will allow homeowners to do restricted building work on their own homes. Future owners will know that a home was built under the owner-builder exemption. It is up to individual DIYers to claim an exemption – they may well choose to engage a LBP, rather than do the restricted work themselves. How will the exemption work? DIYers will be able to claim an exemption to carry out restricted building work when they apply for a building consent. Certain conditions will apply. The DIYer must: • be an individual (ie, not a company or trust) • have a legal, beneficial or equitable interest in the property • live in, or intend to live there (including a bach or holiday home) • carry out the work themselves, or with a friend or relative • complete statutory declarations that they meet these conditions. Declarations will be kept on council files, so that future buyers will know the home was built under the exemption. These exemption conditions will mean that restricted building work will only be carried out by LBPs or DIYers. When will the exemption be available? The exemption is expected to be available from March 2012, when restricted building work starts. For help call our helpline on 0800 60 60 50 between 8.30am and 5pm Monday to Friday or email firstname.lastname@example.org