Owner-builder licence

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

An owner–builder in the ACT takes on the same responsibilities as a licensed builder to supervise building work and make sure the building work complies with the Building Act 2004.

Licence classes

There is only one class of owner–builder licence. If granted a licence, the licence will restrict you to only undertaking work on a building approval where the work relates to a class 1, class 2 or class 10a building under the Building Code of Australia. You will not be authorised to undertake specialist building work such as demolition or swimming pool construction.


You need certain qualifications to apply for an owner–builder licence. These are explained in the Construction Occupations (Licensing) (Qualifications—Builder and Building Surveyor Licences) Declaration 2019 .

To apply for any owner–builder licence class you will need to:

Owner–builder licence courses

You can find approved owner–builder licence courses at:

Owner–builders should also:

Start your application

To start your owner–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.


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 an owner–builder licence, you are responsible for the administration and requirements of that licence. This includes:

More information

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