It seems to me that most people understand the need for a brand new residential building to have an LBP designer involved at consent stage, get a “COW (certificate of work)” issued (and for any alternations to the drawings that involve restricted work). However, what has missed some people’s radar is the fact that drawings for renovations and alterations (if it is only a roof for e.g.) also require an LBP designer.
Yep its costly, yep its red tape, those are the rules…..
Although this has only been law since 1 March 2012 some Councils have been rather lenient. Now some are kicking into it action right now and it appears to be a shock to the industry.
So upshot is you need two licences.
- for the trade work you want to do
- for any design work you want to do which is restricted work