I recently completed 18 events as part of the Carters Licensed Building Practitioner Road Show. It was so enjoyable to be part of this initiative and I really enjoyed the practical sense of humour builders have.
The Carters Road Show learning sessions were designed to give insights into how Licensed Building Practitioners could keep their businesses out of trouble. They also covered the type of building work that can be done without consent.
The sessions covered:
- The real reasons for Records of Work
- Five things LBPs are getting wrong
- Five things LBPs are getting right
Coming out of these sessions, I also discovered five things LBPs didn’t know that surprised me.
- Some of you who attended didn't know that the law has changed to allow anyone (including builders) to construct decks up to 1.5 metres high without a building consent; some of you still thought there was a 1 metre restriction.
- Some of you who attended thought you had increased liability through signing Records of Work. You don't… Your liability is the same as it ever was. The Records of Work just make it easier to find out who did what.
- There was a misconception that big commercial buildings or apartments over 10 metres high ARE restricted building works. They are not! Therefore NO LBP required.
- I discovered that some of you employed as Licensed Building Practitioner carpenters are reluctant to sign the Record of Work. With an incorrect assumption that this would make you the only one in the firing line if something went wrong, With the boss and the council walking free. Not so!
- Some of you didn't know that you are able to rebuild a garage (or outbuilding) on the same footprint without consent.
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