In the ACT, builders must be licensed under the Construction Occupations (Licensing) Act 2004 and meet all the eligibility requirements.

Before you apply for a builder licence, you will need to collect evidence of your qualifications and eligibility. The evidence you need will depend on the class of licence you are applying for.

Licence classes

There are five classes of builder licence. Each class has different qualification requirements, scopes of work and may be subject to conditions. You need to know your class before applying.

Class A builder (unlimited)

Class B builder (medium rise)

Class C builder (low rise residential)

Class D builder

Owner–builder licence

Specialist building work

Specialist building work is:

Mandatory qualifications

You need to meet mandatory qualifications to apply for your builder licence. You have options based on whether you have previously held a licence, which licence class you are applying for, and your level of training. These are explained in the Construction Occupations (Licensing) Mandatory Qualifications Schedule.

When reviewing the Schedule, note:

Examinations

If you are applying for a class A, B or C builder licence you may be required to sit a written examination to determine your eligibility to hold a licence. The examination has a pass mark of 80%. A study guide is available to assist in preparing you for the examination. Find out more about licence examinations.

Interstate licence holders

You may be able to apply for an ACT licence if you’re already licensed in another state or territory. Find out more about mutual recognition.

Start your application

To start your builder licence application, collect your evidence and review the fees. Then complete and lodge:

Note, you can start an online application and save it to return to later. Your application won’t be submitted until the documents are lodged and fee paid.

You may also need other forms to support your application.

Timeframe

The assessment of your application will take at least four weeks.

If your application is incomplete, or we need more information or verification, the assessment will take more time. Requests for more information will be sent to you via email.

Assessments of applications will not be fast tracked in any circumstances.

Your responsibilities

If granted a builder licence, you are responsible for the administration and requirements of that licence. This includes:

Full details about your obligations and responsibilities can be found by reading the examination study guide.

Other licences

If you have a corporation or partnership and intend to contract, sub-contract and/or advertise to carry out a construction service in the ACT, you will also need a corporation or partnership licence.

More information

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