Have Your Say: Consultation: Have your say on MBIE’s fees review for licensed building practitioners

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Submissions are due by
5pm on Friday, 20 July 2018
LBP Discussion document PDF Document 368kb

Summary

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is reviewing the fees and levy for the Licensed Building Practitioners (LBP) scheme and would like to hear from licensed building practitioners.

The fees and levy have not been changed since the scheme was introduced in 2007 and as the LBP scheme has continued to develop, costs of running the scheme have increased.

For example, there has been increased demand for the scheme’s services such as guidance documents to ensure LBPs keep up-to-date with new technical and legal requirements; ongoing quality improvement; and demands on the Building Practitioners Board as they address the increased volume and complexity of complaints.

To ensure the scheme is able to run effectively and efficiently for years to come, MBIE proposes fees increases in a small number of categories.

The proposed fees changes relate to licence application and licence renewals. Assessment fees would remain unchanged, and are based on the class of the licence.

It is also proposed that the administration fee is removed and a new annual charge payable at the time of licence renewal is proposed and will comprise a licence renewal fee and a levy.

The changes are outlined below:

  Current fee Proposed fee
LICENCE APPLICATION
Initial licence application fee
$71.11 $217.39
Administration fee
$151.11 n/a
Total application fee $222.22
plus relevant assessment fee
$217.39
plus relevant assessment fee
ANNUAL RENEWAL
Licence renewal Fee
$151.11
(Administration fee)
$84.35
Scheme levy
$22.22
(Board levy)
$123.48
Total annual charge $173.33 $207.83
OTHER
Reissue documentation (identification card)
$26.67 $43.48
Voluntary suspension
$44.44 $43.48

*Figures are exclusive of GST

How to Make a Submission

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is seeking written submissions on proposed changes to the Licensed Building Practitioners (LBP) fees and levy regime.

The discussion paper includes questions you may like to respond to in your submission. The questions are listed in full in section 7 Summary of Questions for Discussion of the document. Your submission does not need to answer all of these questions.

MBIE also encourages any other comments you may have regarding the fees and levy regime aspect of the LBP scheme. Where possible, please include evidence to support your views, for example, references to facts and figures, or relevant examples.

Please send your submission before 5pm on 20 July 2018. Please include your name, or the name of your organisation, and contact details. You can make your submission by:

LBP Fees and Levy Review
Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment
PO Box 1473
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

Please direct any questions that you may have in relation to the submission process to: licensingreview2018@mbie.govt.nz