In the ACT, owner–builders must be licensed under the Construction Occupations (Licensing) Act 2004 and meet all the eligibility requirements.
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:
- complete an owner–builder course (within the last five years) OR
- hold an active class A, B or C builder licence in the ACT
Owner–builder licence courses
You can find approved owner–builder licence courses at:
- Access Building Education
- Absolute Owner Builder Online
- CIT Solutions
- Australian Owner Builder Courses Online
Owner–builders should also:
- do the training for a construction induction card
- ensure any workers do the training for a construction induction card
- do asbestos awareness training
Start your application
To start your owner–builder licence application, collect your evidence and review the fees. Then complete and lodge:
- an Application for construction occupation licence - individual owner builder (also available in 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 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 an owner–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
Find out how to:
- Building Act 2004
- Building (General) Regulation 2008
- Construction Occupations (Licensing) Act 2004
- Construction Occupations (Licensing) Regulation 2004
- Construction Occupations (Licensing) Mandatory Qualifications Schedule
- Mutual Recognition Act 1992 (Cwlth)
Contact us for more information.