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RBW is work that’s critical to making a home structurally sound, weathertight and fire-safe. You must use Licensed Building Practitioners (LBPs) to help design, carry out and supervise this work. LBPs are registered and keep their skills and knowledge up-to-date at all times.
Restricted building work (RBW) is work that is critical to the integrity of a building. It must be done properly to ensure the building is structurally sound and weathertight.
Restricted building work can only be done or supervised by tradespeople who have proven they are properly skilled – licensed building practitioners (LBPs).
It is an offence for an unlicensed person to carry out or supervise RBW. It is also an offence to knowingly engage an unlicensed person to carry out or supervise restricted building work.
RBW is everything that involves or affects the:
Design of fire safety systems. This work involves elements intended to protect people and property from fire. For example:
If it doesn’t need a building consent, it’s not restricted building work.
If it doesn’t involve work to the home’s primary structure, weathertightness or design of fire safety systems, then it’s not restricted building work. For example:
Most building plans that need building consent from your council will include restricted building work (RBW) – but not all.
If it doesn’t involve work to the home’s primary structure, weather-tightness or design of fire safety systems, it’s not restricted building work.
You need to think about RBW as soon as you start thinking about getting the work done. If you are hiring a designer, be sure to hire someone who can do RBW.
Your designer must be an LBP, registered architect or chartered professional engineer (they are treated as LBPs for design services) to do restricted building work.
When the work is RBW you need to:
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