Owner Builder Permit - New South Wales

Service summary

You must obtain this permit if you want to build or supervise building on your own private residential premise. This includes managing your own residential building project and performing the coordinating and contracting roles usually undertaken by a builder. These roles include, but are not limited to, constructions, alterations, repairs and additions to a dwelling.

This permit applies to labour and work that requires local council approval and that has a market value of greater than $10,000 (inclusive of GST).

Due to the extensive nature of the details of this licence, please consult the Contact Officer in the first instance.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this permit, you must:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • share in ownership, freehold or have a leasehold interest (life or for a term exceeding 3 years) in the land on which you intend to build the home or in the house that is proposed to be renovated; and intend to live in the completed home or, in the case of secondary dwelling construction, one of the dwellings
  • hold a current general construction induction training card
  • complete an approved owner-builder course if the proposed work is valued at over $20,000
  • pay any required fees.

If you have a leasehold interest in the land (other than perpetuity), you may be required to obtain written consent from a person who has freehold or leasehold (perpetuity) interest in the land to carry out the work.


As determined by the Authority. Conditions apply.



For information on any fees to be submitted with your application, please refer to the attached Home Building Fees page from the NSW Fair Trading website.



You will need to provide the following with your application:

  • proof of ownership or long-term lease agreement
  • evidence of qualifications
  • details of the proposed plans
  • any other documentation as requested by the relevant Authorities.

Approval time

Applications will generally be assessed within 28 days.

Administering agency

Department of Finance, Services and Innovation
NSW Fair Trading

Act(s) name

Home Building Act 1989 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Home Building Regulation 2014 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Enquiries, Home Building Licensing
Department of Finance, Services and Innovation
NSW Fair Trading

Mailing address:
PO BOX 972
Parramatta, New South Wales 2124

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