Posted: 28 May 2021
The Government has agreed to LBP scheme changes which aim to lift the performance of building professionals and tradespeople, and hold accountable those who do not meet the standards set for them.
The changes include the introduction of a code of ethics, improvements to the structure of the complaints and discipline model to introduce independent investigators, and enhancements to the efficiency of the licensing administration process such as including a grace period for late renewals.
This work is part of a series of reforms to the building laws to lift the efficiency and quality of building work in New Zealand. The reforms will see a more efficient building system, a lift in the quality of building work, and fairer outcomes if things go wrong.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment will develop the code of ethics for Cabinet to consider in the coming months. Licensed Building Practitioners will have time before code of ethics comes into effect to understand what it will mean for them.
Learn more about the changes - mbie.govt.nz
MBIE is also currently seeking feedback from Licensed Building Practitioners and those who engage with them on 3 key elements of the LBP scheme: LBPs' ability to supervise non-LBPs undertaking restricted building work; licensing classes; and if the minimum standards of competency remain appropriate.
Submissions close on 4 June 2021.