Contractor Licence - Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration - Individual - New South Wales


You will need this licence to install, maintain or service an air conditioning or refrigeration systems. This licence allows you to carry out any associated electrical work, such as:

  • testing of, and diagnosis of problems in, control and power circuits and electrical equipment and electric motors
  • disconnection and reconnection of electrical components designed to be permanently connected
  • the replacement of electrical components on the load side of the mains supply
  • the repair and adjustment (in accordance with normal trade practice) of electrical components
  • the repair, replacement or making good of cable terminations or defective electrical wiring
  • minor alterations to electrical wiring.

This licence does not cover work on self-contained single phase plug-in domestic air conditioning / refrigeration systems or air conditioning systems in a motor vehicle, but does include any three-phase or ducted air-conditioning systems.

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 licence, you must:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be considered a fit and proper person for the purposes of the licence
  • not be of mental incapacitation
  • not be disqualified
  • have the necessary qualifications and practical experience as specified by the Authority, and not a debtor to the Director-General or Administration Corporation
  • be a fit and proper person.


One, three or five years


Anniversary of the date of issue


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All -

Grant of licence:

  • 1 year - $340.00    
  • 3 year - $677.00
  • 5 year - $1042.00.
Fees for 2022-23
Apply Application All -

Restoration of licence:

  • 1 year - $310.00
  • 3 year - $662.00
  • 5 year - $1171.00.
Fees for 2022-23
Apply Duplicate Certificate All $51.00 Replacement Licence. Fees for 2022-23
Renew Renewal All -

Renewal of licence:

  • 1 year - $252.00
  • 3 year - $603.00
  • 5 year - $1039.00.
Fees for 2022-23
Vary Variation All $164.00 Add a trade or specialist category to licence. Fees for 2022-23
Vary Variation All $322.00

Add a building category to licence. Fees for 2022-23

Act(s) name

Home Building Act 1989 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Home Building Regulation 2014 New South Wales

Application process


A renewal notice is sent out by the Agency six weeks prior to the expiry date.

Approval time

Applications will generally be assessed within 28 days.

Administering agency

Department of Customer Service

NSW Fair Trading

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.