A new code of ethics for Licensed Building Practitioners

Posted: 12 September 2022

LBP Code of Ethics
In October 2021, the Government announced a new code of ethics for Licensed Building Practitioners (LBPs), with a twelve-month transition period before it becomes enforceable.

The code of ethics, which comes into force on 25 October 2022, sets behavioural standards for LBPs to give both the industry and consumers clarity on what is expected from LBPs, and to hold them to account.

The code of ethics will ensure high standards are maintained in the industry, while giving the public more confidence that LBPs are undertaking building work in a safe, legal, and professional way, and that they will take responsibility for their work.

Most LBPs already work to the highest professional and ethical standards, so formalising this into a code of ethics aligns the LBP scheme with international best practice. It also provides clear grounds for the Building Practitioners Board to take disciplinary action against LBPs who behave unprofessionally. 

The code of ethics is made up of nineteen standards, which sit under the following four key principles:

  • Work safely
  • Act within the law
  • Take responsibility for your actions
  • Behave professionally.

You can read more about the code of ethics for Licensed Building Practitioners on the Building Performance Website.

Carrying out restricted building work 

MBIE has information and education resources available to help LBPs, and consumers who have commissioned an LBP, to understand the requirements of the code of ethics and LBPs’ obligations under it. This includes an interactive online learning module which will help LBPs and consumers learn more about the code of ethics, and support LBPs understanding about what their obligations are under the code of ethics. 

Code of ethics – Licensed Building Practitioners

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