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Information for consumers

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Almost all aspects of plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying work are restricted and illegal to D.I.Y - check out the links below.

  • Your home is a complex network of pipes and fittings that mix high pressures, high temperatures, gas, electricity and many other high-risk hazards which are dangerous and could potentially put your family's health and safety under threat if handled incorrectly.

  • The Board and The NZ Insurance Council NZ warn mistakes are costly, and you may be voiding your insurance.

  • It's illegal to do this type of restricted work without a licence. The fines are hefty 
    [$10,000 - $50,000].

  • Who can you trust? Everyone authorised to undertake restricted sanitary plumbing, gasfitting or drainlaying work must carry their NZ Practising Licence and are required to produce it when you ask to see it.
  • See how we catch the cowboys who put you in harms way here

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Safety with gas
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If you love the kiwi spirit of D.I.Y so much why not join a trade yourself?

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Building Performance says DIY, but build it right

You can be part of New Zealand’s long established “DIY” (do-it-yourself) when building or renovating, so long as you meet the Building Code requirements and get the right consents and permissions.

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Contact the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board

Phone: 0800 743 262, Email:, Post: PO Box 10655, The Terrace, Wellington 6143
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