Colin Harvey, owner of Lismore Plumbing Service, says the improved builders’ licence check system on the Department of Fair Trading website will be good for consumers.
Colin Harvey, owner of Lismore Plumbing Service, says the improved builders’ licence check system on the Department of Fair Trading website will be good for consumers. CATHY ADAMS

Building license a 'safety guard'

LISMORE plumber Colin Harvey believes the improved buildinglicence check on the NSW Department of Fair Trading’s website will be good for consumers.

“Everyone uses tradespeople at some stage, so it is a good safety guard,” he said.

NSW Minister for Fair Trading Virginia Judge announced imp-rovements to the register on Monday that will make the search facility faster and easier to use.

“Every year more than 250,000 people visit the home builders’ licence check webpage,” she said.

“The search field has beenexpanded and includes the ability to search by licence number, licence issue and expiry dates, as well as the name of licensee.

“It enables consumers to quickly verify that a builder or tradesperson holds a valid and currentlicence suitable for the type of work intended to be carried out.”

The register also shows theresults of any disciplinary determinations and prosecutions against a person, partnership or company.

Mr Harvey, who owns and operates Lismore Plumbing Service with his wife Cindy, said although the industry was relatively free of shonky operators these days, out-of-towners coming through after storms would often coerce consumers into getting work done that wasn’t needed.

“My advice to consumers is to never feel bad about asking for a licence or for references,” he said.

Consumers can check licences at www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au



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