Want to become an IQP or need to renew your practicing licence? We have gathered some resources here to help.

An IQP or Independent Qualified Person is a person who is recognised by a Territorial Authority (District Council) as qualified to:

  • Perform inspection and reporting on specified features of a building such as Sprinkler systems, Lifts, Smoke detection systems, Emergency Lighting etc.
  • Supply supporting documentation confirming compliance, such as certificates of compliance.
  • Ensure maintenance of the systems is to an acceptable level of performance and safety.
  • Follow the requirements set out in a building's compliance schedule.

The 'Independent' means that the person has no financial interest in the building.

Each Territorial Authority keeps a register of licenced IQP's. This helps building owners to determine whether a person is qualified, and assist in choosing the appropriate IQPs for their building.

To legally practice as an IQP you must be registered with the territorial authorities you will be working in. There are several regions as well as a number of individual councils that maintain IQP registers for the territories they cover.

Additionally, you are legally required to renew your registration annually.

Regional Registers

Northland Region

Far North, Whangarei and Kaipara District Councils.


Auckland Region

Auckland City Council

Application Renewal

Waikato, Western / Bay of Plenty & Central North Island Region

Hamilton City, Hauraki District, Kawerau District, Matamata / Piako District, Opotiki District, Otorohanga District, Rotorua District, Ruapehu District, South Waikato District, Taupo District, Tauranga City, Thames Coromandel District , Waikato District, Waipa District, Waitomo District, Western Bay of Plenty District, Whakatane District Councils.


East Coast

Central Hawkes Bay, Hastings, Napier, Wairoa and Gisborne District Councils.


Wellington, Wairarpa, Horowhenua Regions

Wellington, Hutt, Porirua, Kapiti, Wairarapa (including Levin)


South Island


Local Council Registers

Stratford District Council


New Plymouth District Council


South Taranaki District Council


Whanganui District Council


Tararua District Council

Application Renewal

Palmerston North and Manawatu District Council


Being an IQP carries legal responsibility therefore, most Territorial Authorities have strict processes in place for dealing with disciplinary issues.

Additionally, the ABC itself has a code of conduct to ensure that the industry continues to provide a high level of professionalism and maintains safety standards.

Auckland Council IQP Disciplinary Code