From Building networks
Some ‘tradies’ have got caught out recently by not having a design licence.
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.
Why is it that after drawing spec for buildings, roofs etc. for the past umpteen years LBP trades now need a design licence? Quite simply because the rules have changed… It does not mean your “incompetent”, it just means you need a design licence too.
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.