Restricted building work

Only licensed building practitioners are allowed to carry out or supervise certain types of building work.

Restricted building work is design or construction work that is critical to the integrity of a building.

Only licensed building practitioners are allowed to carry out or supervise restricted building work.

Restricted building work includes the design and construction of - or alteration(s) to - a house or small- to medium-sized apartment building. Such work covers:

  • primary structure (eg foundations and framing) - to make sure the building can withstand vertical and horizontal loads
  • external envelope (eg roofing and cladding) - to make sure the building is weather-tight
  • fire-safety systems (eg sprinklers and fire alarms) - to make sure people are adequately protected from the dangers of smoke and fire.

Licensed building practitioners

For information for consumers (like how to find a Licensed Building Practitioner) and professionals, go to:

Choosing a building practitioner – Building Performance

Consents and fees for restricted building work

Notification of licensed building practioners

If your building consent involves restricted building work, the building owner needs to advise the Council of the name(s) and number(s) of the Licensed Building Practitioner(s) prior to them carrying out or supervising that work. Send the following form to Building Compliance and Consents (contact details below):

A fee of $51.50 is payable for advice received about licensed building practitioners relating to a building consent. 

Owner-builder exemption for restricted building work

Owner-builders are able to carry out Restricted Building Work on their own home.

Obligations and responsibilities of owner-builders choosing a building practitioner – Building Performance

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Building Compliance and Consents
Wellington City Council

Phone 04 801 4311
Email bcc@wcc.govt.nz
Postal Address PO Box 2199
Wellington 6140
Street Address 101 Wakefield Street
Wellington 6011
Hours
Monday – Friday:

8.00am – 5pm

Public holidays:

Closed