Unlicensed builders fined for restricted building work

Two unlicensed builders have been sentenced in separate cases relating to carrying out restricted building work without being licensed.

Taupo man Terry Draper has been ordered to pay $3,000 plus costs for misrepresenting himself as a Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) and undertaking restricted work, after he pled guilty to charges laid by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

Mr Draper was subcontracted by Landmark Homes to undertake brick and block laying work, after telling them he was licensed to do so.

Mr Draper completed a Record of Work (ROW) using a false LBP registration number indicating that he had carried out work that contributed to the primary structure and the external moisture management systems of two properties.

This work is classified as restricted building work and must be carried out or supervised by an LBP.

Mr Draper's ROW was submitted to the Taupo District Council who on review, advised Landmark Homes that Mr Draper was not a LBP.

"It is unacceptable for an unlicensed builder to claim to be an LBP when they do not hold a licence to carry out restricted building work," says MBIE's Occupational Licensing Operations Manager Duncan Connor.

In a second case, George Faulkner has been sentenced in the Hutt City District Court after pleading guilty to carrying out restricted building work he was not licensed to do.

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