You will need to apply for this licence to undertake any building work, with a value of more than $3,300. You can apply for this licence in a low rise, medium rise or open class.
A low rise licence will allow you to undertake work on:
- a class 1 or 10 building
- a class 2 to 9 building, with a gross floor area of no more than 2000 metres squared - not including Type A or Type B construction
- any building work that consists of non-structural work on a building, regardless of the gross floor area or the class of building
- preparing specification and plans, provided that they are for the licensee's personal use.
In addition to the work allowed under a low rise licence, a medium rise licence will allow you to undertake building work to a maximum of 3 storeys, provided it is not a Type A construction on classes 4 to 9 buildings.
Open licences allow you to undertake building work on all classes of buildings and prepare specifications or plans for the licensee's personal use.
For specific information about building classes, please see the Building Codes of Australia building classes document in the resources.
You can apply for this licence as a:
- contractor - allows you to perform, supervise and enter into contracts for building work
- company - allows a company to contract for and perform building work, provided a person is nominated as a supervisor
- nominee supervisor - allows you to supervise work on behalf of a licensed company, but not to contract out individually to perform building work
- site supervisor - allows you to supervise work on behalf of a licensed contractor, but not to contract out or be appointed as a nominated supervisor for a company.
You can undertake incidental work outside your licence class to finish a job, provided the total value of the work does not exceed $3,300. The value of the building work includes all labour and material costs and should be included in your contract.