Builders licensing

You must be licensed to build.

Types of licences

Builders can have a class A, B, C or D licence. Separate licensing applies to owner-builders.

Functions of different licence classes

Different classes of licence have different functions, which are set out in the Construction Occupations (Licensing) Regulation. This regulation is amended from time to time. The classes are:

Class A Builder (unlimited)*

  • building work other than specialist building work or handling asbestos. 

This licence permits building work of unlimited height on any Building Code of Australia (BCA) class of work.

Class B Builder (medium rise)*

a) building work (other than specialist building work or handling asbestos) in relation to a building that is three storeys or lower; and

b) basic building work.

Class C Builder (low rise - residential)*

a) building work (other than specialist building work or handling asbestos) in relation to a building that is two storeys or lower and is a class 1, 2 or 10a building; and

b) building work (other than specialist building work or handling asbestos) in relation to a building that is a class 10b structure (other than a swimming pool or swimming pool fence) and is ancillary to a building mentioned in paragraph (a); and

c) basic building work.

Class D Builder*

  • non-structural basic building work, other than specialist building work or handling asbestos.

Endorsements may apply to a Class D builder's licence (see licence restrictions and endorsements for more information.

The definitions above only apply to open licences (i.e. licences with no conditions, restrictions or endorsements) 

Licence restrictions and endorsements

Any class of builder’s licence may be issued with a condition, restriction or endorsement. More

Eligibility

The Mandatory Qualifications Schedule sets out the qualifications required for the different types of licences. These include tertiary qualifications and work experience.

How to apply for a builder's licence

Please complete the forms that apply to you. Post, fax or bring in the completed forms in person to the Planning and Land Authority at 16 Challis St Dickson.

For individuals:

If you are licensed elsewhere in Australia or New Zealand:

For companies and partnerships, including changes and renewal:

Changes and replacements

Please complete the forms that apply to you.

Renewal and refusal

Licences are typically for three years, but can be shorter. You need to renew your licence before its expiry. You can renew your licence online, including paying the required fee by credit card over a secure Internet connection. The Construction Occupations Registrar can refuse and may impose or remove conditions on a licence at the time of licensing.

Builders licence definitions and terms

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