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Doing commercial building work

May 18, 2020

Many HIA members are registered domestic builders but not registered as commercial builders.  It is often not appreciated that builders who are not registered as commercial builders may still carry out some commercial building work.  However the domestic builder would need to demonstrate that they are able to carry out the commercial building work in a competent and professional manner (see regulation 265 of the Building Regulations 2018) to carry out the work.  In practical terms this means the builder needs to understand the NCC Volume One provisions applicable to the building work as well as be capable of carrying out and supervising the work.  For many domestic builders commercial building work such as fit outs and conversions of homes into offices may be types of work they are competent to carry out.

If a building permit is required for the building work, the building surveyor is required to specify a registered builder in the building permit.  The building surveyor will not unreasonably want to make sure that a registered domestic builder carrying out commercial building work has the skills, competence and understanding of the NCC to carry out and manage that work.

If you have any questions about the above please contact HIA Workplace Services or HIA Technical Services on 1300 650 620 for further information.