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Builder working on an earthquake strengthening project

Find a builder and other tradespeople

You’ll need a range of building professionals to work on your project to completion.


How to find a building practitioner

You’ll need to engage a licensed building practitioner (LBP) if you are going to undertake restricted building work on a residential building. For commercial buildings you can choose to use a LBP, but this is not a requirement. You can find a list of LBP’s in the public register.

Licensed Building Practitioner register

You can also check the New Zealand Certified Builders Association (NZCB) or the Registered Master Builders Association (RMBA) for a list of certified or registered master builders.

Find a builder - New Zealand Certified Builders Association website

Find a builder - Registered Master Builders Association website

If your project is managed by an engineer, architect or independent project manager, you can get them to find and secure the required building professionals.

Questions to ask a building practitioner

Ask about their expertise and experience:

  • their experience with strengthening projects in buildings similar to yours — in style, age, and construction 
  • their experience with strengthening historical buildings to the building code.

Ask to see examples of their work and how previous projects went, and find out:

  • the contact details of the owners of two or three of their projects, so you can check how the work went and ask about the quality of service the clients received; whether there were any delays and amendments, and whether they met the budget
  • how they work with the rest of the project team, such as engineers and architects.

Ask about their approach to your project:

  • how they plan to work with the rest of the project team, such as engineers and architects.
  • how they will charge, such as an hourly rate or a fixed fee.


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