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.
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)
- For building work other than specialist building work.
- For building work of unlimited height on any Building Code of Australia (BCA) class of work.
Class B builder (medium rise)
- For building work (other than specialist building work) in relation to a building that is three storeys or lower.
- For basic building work.
Class C builder (low rise residential)
- For building work (other than specialist building work) in relation to a building that is two storeys or lower and is a class 1, 2 or 10a building.
- For building work (other than specialist building work) 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 that is two storeys or lower and is a class 1, 2 or 10a building .
- For basic building work.
Class D builder
- For non-structural basic building work, other than specialist building work.
- For building work (other than specialist building work) in relation to a class 1, class 2 or class 10 building that is, or is to be, the licensee’s main home or ancillary to it.
Specialist building work
Specialist building work is:
- demolition of a building
- installation of a swimming pool
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:
- if there are multiple eligibility options for a particular licence class, you only need to meet one of the methods
- in meeting one of the methods, you’ll need to meet all sub-heading components under that method
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:
- an Application for Classes A, B, C or D construction occupation licence - individual builder (also available in PDF 253 KB)
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.
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.
If granted a builder licence, you are responsible for the administration and requirements of that licence. This includes:
- complying with your obligations under the legislative framework
- undertaking work in a proper and skilful way
- rectifying issues that may arise with the quality of your work
- understanding the requirements for insurances, contracts and other obligations
Full details about your obligations and responsibilities can be found by reading the examination study guide.
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.
Find out how to:
- renew or update your licence
- organise training
- deal with disciplinary action
- find a construction practitioner
- Building Act 2004
- Building (General) Regulation 2008
- Construction Occupations (Licensing) Act 2004
- Construction Occupations (Licensing) Regulation 2004
- Construction Occupations (Licensing) (Qualifications—Builder and Building Surveyor Licences) Declaration 2019
- Mutual Recognition Act 1992 (Cwlth)
Contact us for more information.