Who can do restricted building work
Restricted building work is design or construction work that's critical to the integrity of a building.
It includes the design and construction of:
- the primary structure (for example, foundations and framing) – to make sure the building can withstand vertical and horizontal loads
- the external envelope (for example, roofing and cladding) – to make sure the building is weather-tight.
If you’re doing restricted building work, the work must be done by a licensed building practitioner (LPB).
Definitions of restricted work
Finding licensed building practitioners (LPBs)
Finding other tradespeople
Depending on your project, you may also need to hire a registered electrician, plumber, gasfitter or drainlayer.
Your lead contractor will often manage hiring subcontractors (like electricians and plumbers) themselves.
Choosing a building practitioner – Building Performance
Hiring a builder or a tradesperson – Consumer protection
Let us know who's doing the work
Your agent may complete this form for you – check with them before filling it out.
Advice of licensed building practitioners (58KB PDF)
You can hand the form to the Council building inspector if you have an inspection before restricted building work begins, or post it to Building Compliance and Consents, Wellington City Council, PO Box 2199, Wellington.
If you want to do restricted building work yourself
You may be able to do restricted building work on your home yourself if you meet the criteria for an owner-builder exemption.
Doing building work yourself
The Building Compliance and Consents team is available Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm.
Building Compliance and Consents
Phone: 04 801 4311