Building surveyor licence

Additional qualification requirements for new building surveyor applicants

From 1 September 2019, new building surveyor licence applicants will need to complete an online course on the ACT building regulatory system. From 1 November 2019, in addition to the course, new applicants will need to complete an assessment. Read more...

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

Licence classes

Each licence class has different scopes of work and may be subject to conditions. You need to know the licence class you are eligible for before applying.

Principal building surveyor

Principal building surveyor employee

General building surveyor

General building surveyor employee

Eligibility requirements

You need certain qualifications to apply for a building surveyor licence. These are explained in the Construction Occupations (Licensing) (Qualifications-Builder and Building Surveyor Licenses) Declaration 2019 (No 2).

Where multiple methods are listed for a licence class, you are only required to meet one of the methods listed.


You must be accredited under the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS) National Accreditation Scheme in the category required by the licence class you are applying for.

Online course

For applications made on or after 1 September 2019 you must have, within one year of making the application, successfully completed the Introduction to the ACT Building Regulatory System online course.


You must undertake and pass an assessment set by the Construction Occupations Registrar.

Insurance evidence

You must provide evidence of insurance coverage before you can be licensed, to cover:

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 building surveyor licence application, collect your evidence and review the fees. Then complete and lodge an Application for construction occupation licence - individual building surveyor (also available as a PDF).

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.


The preliminary 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 building surveyor licence, you are responsible for the administration and requirements of that licence. This includes:

Company 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.

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