Construction Occupation Licence - Owner Builder Licence - Australian Capital Territory

Service summary

You will require this licence if you are an individual and you intend to build or renovate your main residence. This includes the construction of ancillary structures such as pergolas, carports and decks. Acquiring an Owner Builder Licence will allow you to conduct the building work yourself instead of employing a licensed builder.

To begin building you will need to go through the necessary development approval applications and receive a commencement notice.

Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • Not be suspended from holding a construction occupation licence in any class;
  • Show evidence of suitable qualifications (such as successful completion of an owner builder course), experience and knowledge of the legislative and technical requirements to build;
  • Own the land where the work has been approved and is to be conducted;
  • Not have been granted an owner-builders licence in relation to other land in the previous 5 years before applying for the owner-builders licence;
  • Have gained building approval;
  • Submit an application form;
  • Pay the required fee; and
  • Not hold a construction occupation licence, in any class, which is currently suspended.

For information on the qualifications required for an owner builder licence, please refer to the Construction Occupations (Licensing) (Mandatory Qualifications) Declaration. If you hold a current equivalent licence in another Australian State or Territory, you may be eligible to apply for this registration under mutual recognition arrangements.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Ongoing requirements

A licensee must give the registrar written notice of the following events or circumstances:

  • If the licensee becomes bankrupt or personally insolvent;
  • If the licensee is found guilty, whether in the ACT or anywhere else, of an offence that involves fraud, dishonesty or violence, and is punishable by imprisonment for at least one year; or
  • If the licensee is not insured for a construction occupation or occupation class in accordance with the regulation.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding ongoing eligibility requirements.

Duration

Term of building approval.

Expiry

As specified on the licence.

Fees

 TypeAmountDescription
ApplyApplication$250.00

Individual in person or postal.

Application$228.00Individual online.
Application$157.00

Partnership or Corporation in person or postal.

Application$143.00

Partnership or Corporation online.

Licence$240.001 year.
Licence$541.003 years.

Other resources

Application

Lodge

Please lodge your application form, supporting documentation (such as copies of qualifications) and payment of fees directly with the Authority.


Administering agency

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
Access Canberra

Act(s) name

Construction Occupations (Licensing) Act 2004 (Australian Capital Territory)

Regulation(s) name

Construction Occupations (Licensing) Regulation 2004 (Australian Capital Territory)

Contact details

Enquiries, Land, Planning and Building
Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
Access Canberra


Operating address:
16 Challis Street
Dickson, Australian Capital Territory 2602
Mailing address:
General Post Office Box 158
Canberra,Australian Capital Territory,2601
Australia

Phone:

02 62078096
cwpl@act.gov.au

Website:

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Supporting information

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