Contractor Licence - Building - Individual - New South Wales


You will need this licence if you operate as an individual that intends to contract, subcontract and / or advertise to carry out residential building or trade work. This licence only applies to work where the reasonable market value of labour and materials for the total job is over $5,000 (incl GST).

Work covered by this licence includes:

  • erecting prefabricated metal-framed buildings
  • general building work and renovation
  • structural landscaping
  • swimming pool construction.

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 disqualified from holding an authority under the relevant legislation
  • have the necessary qualifications and practical experience as specified by the Authority
  • not be a debtor to NSW Fair Trading or Administration Corporation
  • have not performed work subject to an unreasonable number of insurance claims
  • provide details of required insurance under the Home Building Compensation Fund
  • not be a current apprentice or trainee.

For information on qualifications, please refer to the attached Licence Class and Qualifications page.


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 - $745.00
  • 3 year - $1396.00
  • 5 year - $2439.00.
Fees for 2022-23
Apply Application All -

Restoration of licence:

  • 1 year - $557.00
  • 3 year - $1259.00
  • 5 year - $2243.00.
Fees for 2022-23
General Duplicate Certificate All $51.00

Replacement licence. Fees for 2022-23

Renew Renewal All -

Renewal of licence:

  • 1 year - $500.00
  • 3 year - $1200.00
  • 5 year - $2089.00.
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.