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MEDIA RELEASE | Hamilton man fined $2000 for unauthorised plumbing

2 May 2019 (Thu) - 1 Jun 2019 (Sat)

Yesterday in the Hamilton District Court, Graham Bullot, after submitting a guilty plea, was sentenced to a $2000 fine for carrying out restricted plumbing work without authorisation.
The PGDB cautions homeowners today not to fall into the trap of using unlicensed people to conduct plumbing work for home maintenance or renovation projects.

Yesterday in the Hamilton District Court, Graham Bullot, after submitting a guilty plea, was sentenced to a $2000 fine for carrying out restricted plumbing work without authorisation.

He was ordered to pay $130 in Court costs and $226 for solicitor’s fees, 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).

Mr Bullott completed a bathroom renovation, which included the removal and refit of a toilet, replacement of vanity trap and flex connections.

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

Martin Sawyers, Chief Executive for the PGDB said: “To stay safe and avoid the risk it takes one simple action – ask to sight a licence card. It states the credentials of a tradesperson and the type of work they are authorised to carry out.”

“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.”

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

Backing the PGDB’s efforts to protect consumers and to extinguish unlawful activity, the New Zealand Insurance Council also warns;" The use of unregistered and unqualified persons to do sanitary plumbing, gasfitting or drainage work on an insured property may invalidate the property’s insurance cover in the event of a loss resulting from the work undertaken. Always ask to sight a tradesman’s authorisation card before work is undertaken – they are required to produce it.”

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