Building design licence - Queensland


You will need to apply for this licence to prepare plans and specifications for buildings in Queensland. There are three categories of building design licence:

  • low rise - licensees can prepare plans and specifications for class 1 or 10 buildings, as well as class 2 to 9 buildings with a gross floor area of no more than 2000 metres squared, excluding Type A or Type B construction
  • medium rise - licensees can prepare plans and specifications for buildings to a maximum of three storeys above a storey used for the parking of vehicles but not including a Type A construction other than class 2, 3, or 9 buildings
  • open - licensees can prepare plans and specifications of buildings of any height or floor area. This licence also allows you to contract administration in relation to building work designed by the licensee.

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.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Your requirements will vary depending on your class of licence. To be eligible, you will need to meet the appropriate:

  • technical requirements
  • experience requirements
  • managerial requirements
  • financial requirements.

If you do not meet the technical qualifications, you may be able to obtain one through recognition of prior learning (RPL) by a registered training organisation (RTO). Please see the attached resources for specific information on these requirements.

If you are an interstate applicant, you may be eligible to obtain a licence through mutual recognition. If you are an international applicant, you may have to have an overseas qualification assessed for equivalency prior to applying.


1 or 3 years


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Application process


To apply for this licence, you will need to fill out the builders licence application form, building and designer experience form and complete the referee report, providing:

  • details of your experience
  • evidence of your qualifications
  • written references (note if you cannot provide three written references to confirm your experience, the onus will be on you to suitability demonstrate to the agency the experience documented is true and correct)
  • financial information showing that you meet the minimum financial requirements (for contractor types only)
  • proof of identity
  • a current copy of your Record of Registration form from ASIC, if you are contracting under a trading name
  • if you are contracting under a partnership, proof of the business partnership
  • evidence of Professional Indemnity Insurance
  • the applicable fees.

Approval time

Applications can take between 6 and 12 weeks to be processed, depending on their complexity


You cannot transfer this licence.

Administering agency

Queensland Building and Construction Commission

Contact details

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