As spring arrives and house prices increase, many people embark on new builds and housing renovations. Before you begin your work, keep in mind the restricted building work that applies to your project.

We all want warm, dry and safe homes that are built to last. Building rules help you build it right – protecting you and your home now and when you come to sell it. As the homeowner, some of these rules affect the choices you make.

If your building work is critical to the integrity of your home, it may be restricted building work. This type of work ensures a property is structurally sound and weathertight.

You must use a Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) to design or carry out restricted building work. If you need a LBP, a quick check will tell you if someone’s licensed. Have a look at the LBP register on the website.

Please visit www.building.govt.nz/bp and learn more about your right and obligation when building or renovating.