Builder Barry Barnes, was sentenced in Christchurch for carrying out restricted plumbing work without authorisation.  He was fined $1500 after a guilty plea.

Sanitary plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying are regulated industries in New Zealand, and it is illegal to do this restricted work unless authorised by the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board (PGDB).

Martin Sawyers, Chief Executive for the PGDB said: “It is important for homeowners to know that plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying work undertaken by unauthorised tradespeople, not only risks their family’s health and safety–but may also invalidate their insurance policy.”

“To stay safe and avoid the risk it takes one simple action – ask for the card. It states the tradespersons credentials and the type of work they are authorised to carry out.”
Those homeowners who feel encouraged to get into renovation projects over summer - should know there are big fines associated with this type of restricted work being carried out unlawfully.

Unauthorised restricted plumbing and drainlaying work carries a maximum fine of $10,000, and gasfitting carries a maximum fine of $50,000. The risks are high - and you may be invalidating your insurance policy.

The PGDB is the statutory body which regulates the trades to ensure those providing the services are competent and safe.