Construction Occupation Licence - Building Surveyor - Australian Capital Territory

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to supply building certification services as a surveyor or certifier in either the construction industry or work assessment service. A building surveyor or certifier assesses building and construction work to ensure that the works comply with all legislative requirements.

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

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to operate as a building surveyor you must:

  • Not be suspended from holding a construction occupation licence in any class;
  • Have successfully undertaken an approved form of asbestos management training;
  • Be accredited as a building surveyor with the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors or be registered with the Institution of Engineers Australia on the National Professional Engineers Register as a Principle Certifier of Building;
  • Have successfully completed an approved management training course;
  • Pay the prescribed fees; and
  • Not hold a construction occupation licence, in any class, which is currently suspended.

If you are applying for a licence that would allow the provision of a construction service without supervision, then you must:

  • Not have been found guilty of an offence that involves fraud or dishonesty; and
  • Not have been found guilty of an offence that is punishable by imprisonment for at least 1 year.

For information on the qualifications required for the class of construction occupation you intend to apply to, please refer to the Construction Occupations (Licensing) (Mandatory Qualifications) Declaration. Applicants will need to show they hold adequate professional indemnity insurance to be eligible for a licence. Insurance must provide:

  • Indemnity against claims for breach of professional duty as a building surveyor; and
  • A minimum limit of indemnity of $1,000,000 for a single claim.

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 is the term of the professional indemnity insurance.


As specified on the licence.



1 year.

Other resources



You will need to:

  • Complete the application form and pay any fees;
  • Be willing to abide by legislation;
  • Provide evidence of the required qualifications or accreditation; and
  • Provide evidence of having insurance.

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


02 62078096


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