Restricted building work
Anyone can do building work that's not restricted, but restricted building work usually has to be done by a licensed professional.
Generally, all work that requires a building consent will include restricted work.
Restricted building work – Building Performance
Owner-builder exemptions to do restricted work yourself
You can do restricted building work yourself as an owner-builder if you meet the following requirements:
- You will live in the house (including as a holiday home).
- You'll do the work yourself, or with the help of unpaid friends and family.
- You haven't used the owner-builder exemption in another home in the last 3 years.
The work you do must comply with the Building Code and pass the inspections required by your building consent.
It will be recorded on your Land Information Memorandum (LIM) that you did the work yourself.
What you can't do as an owner-builder
Even if you have an owner-builder exemption, some specialised work must still be done by a qualified person. This includes:
- electrical work
Hiring professionals and tradespeople
Applying for an owner-builder exemption
Complete the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's statutory declaration form and attach it to your building consent application.
The form must be signed by a Justice of the Peace or someone else authorised to witness statutory declarations.
Owner-builder statutory declaration – Building Performance
Giving notice if anything changes
Complete the notice form and email it to us if:
- you decide not to do the work yourself
- you decide to do the work yourself after you've applied for a building consent.
Owner-builder notice form – Building Performance