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tims
11-12-2011, 01:22 PM
Reading ConsumerBuild.org on Licensed Building Practitioners and DIYer's (http://www.consumerbuild.org.nz/publish/diy/diylegal-licensing.php#gen1 it states:


"It also recognises that some work is so fundamental to the structure and weathertightness of a building that it should only be designed and carried out by a practitioner with proven competence. This work is known as ‘restricted building work’.

Restricted building work is critical building work on houses and small-medium sized apartments.

Regulations to finalise restricted building work details are expected in 2011, and are likely to include the:

design and construction of primary structure (eg, foundations and framing)
design and construction of the external envelope (eg, roofing and cladding)
design of fire safety systems (eg, sprinklers, fire alarms) for small-medium sized apartments.

From March 2012, people designing or carrying out restricted building work will have to be licensed for their area of expertise (or be supervised by a an LBP). It is expected that DIYers will be able to claim an exemption to carry out restricted building work when they apply for a building consent."


The last sentence above: "It is expected that DIYers will be able to claim an exemption to carry out restricted building work when they apply for a building consent".
Anyone know what the latest on this is - will it definitely be possible to claim an exemption for an owner/builder to carry out restricted work (foundations, framing roofing etc) on their own home after March next year?

thanks

Tim

gary67
11-12-2011, 01:27 PM
What it actually says is the councils are no longer going to be responsible when there is a problem even though they have signed it off as being done correctly. Take it from me as an ex trade that is what they are doing.

Further more the house building companies will simply get some one from their office ticketed who will sign off all the work done on their builds and that person will know diddly squat too, that is already happening

tims
12-12-2011, 09:23 AM
Done a bit more investigating and it looks like DIY'ers are exempt from the LBP scheme. This from the dbh web site (http://www.dbh.govt.nz/lbp-diyers:

"Do-it-yourself

An owner-builder (or do-it-yourself) exemption to the Licensed Building Practitioner Scheme will take effect on 1 March 2012, the same date from which restricted building work requirements will apply.

The exemption means DIYers will be able to undertake restricted building work on their homes provided they meet certain conditions. These conditions are that the DIYer:

is an individual (not a company or trust)
has a legal, beneficial or equitable interest in the land
carries out the work themselves or with a close friend or relative
completes statutory declarations that they meet these conditions.

The declarations will be kept on council property files. This will enable a prospective purchaser of the property to choose whether to buy a DIY home. If restricted building work on the house subsequently proved to be defective, the purchaser would be able to take the matter up with the DIYer."

Pretty much what you said, Gary. Any problems for future purchasers/owners of the house to be taken up with the DIY'er. It's almost a case of what's the point of even getting the building work inspected - the building inspector/council have no worries re comeback if the building work wasn't done correctly.

fred_fish
12-12-2011, 07:04 PM
So why are they still charging for building consents?
What do you get for your money?

mikebartnz
12-12-2011, 08:41 PM
So why are they still charging for building consents?
What do you get for your money?
Sod all.

paulw
13-12-2011, 08:40 AM
So why are they still charging for building consents?
What do you get for your money?

You get to keep some council bureaucrats in a nice warm job until they retire..

gary67
13-12-2011, 10:42 AM
So why are they still charging for building consents?
What do you get for your money?

Exactly, what you get is a piece of paper that says we signed it off as being correct but if it isn't it's not our fault go blame everyone else

Cicero
13-12-2011, 12:44 PM
Someone should be hung.