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24 Jan 2018 (Wed) - 2 Apr 2018 (Mon)

Tradies nationwide reminded to relicense

Plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers nationwide are being reminded to ensure they relicense by 1 April 2018.
Plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying are regulated trades in New Zealand and it is illegal for anyone to do this work without a NZ Practising Licence issued by the PGDB [Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board].

All plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers must ensure they are licensed or they will be unable to legally undertake work in New Zealand.

The PGDB’s Chief Executive, Martin Sawyers said: “The new licensing year is fast approaching and we’re encouraging plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers to make sure
they have a licence. Tradespeople can uplift their new practising licence from
21 February 2018.”

Martin warns; “Homeowners should not risk their family’s health and safety or their insurance by hiring unauthorised tradespeople to undertake work.”

“Authorised tradespeople must carry their current NZ Practising Licence with them and we urge consumers to ask for this card before any work commences. This way you can be assured that the work is being done by a competent tradesperson.”

“You can also check to see if a person is authorised by searching our online public register at or phone us on 0800 743 262.”

If a homeowner believes that work has been done by someone who is not authorised, or has concerns about the competency of tradespeople, they can make a complaint to the Board.


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