Company building contractors licence - Queensland


You require this licence if you are:

  • a building company acting as a contractor performing building work in Queensland where the value of work being performed (including labour and materials) is over $3,300.00 (including GST).
  • one of the following (regardless of the value of the work you undertake) :
  • building design (all classes)
  • fire protection (all classes)
  • completed residential building inspection
  • plumbing and/or drainage
  • gas fitting
  • site classifiers
  • termite management.

Please note:

Unlicensed contractors are required to state in their advertisements for building work the value of work they are entitled to carry out without a licence.

Some examples of statements that comply with these requirements include:

  • cannot perform building work valued in excess of $3,300
  • cannot perform building work valued at more than $3,300
  • only work valued at $3,300 or less

A penalty applies for an unlicensed contractor who fails to make such a statement in an advertisement.

If an advertisement by an unlicensed person does not refer to any sort of building work, no statement is required.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

You must provide evidence of:

  • an Australian Securities and Investment Commission Historical Extract, no older than 30 days;
  • an appropriately licensed nominated supervisor; and
  • financial requirements for licensing.

You can obtain further details in the application kit available from the Queensland Building and Construction Commission.


This licence remains in effect for one calendar year. A renewal notice is issued annually.


Application process

Company Building Contractors Licence:

You must submit a completed Company licence application form.

Note: Applications will not be approved until all criteria are met so please ensure all the required documentation is included with your application.

To ensure your application will be processed please include the following application forms:

  • Company licence application form;
  • Proof of identity (if photo identification is not available); and
  • Statutory Declaration for partnership agreement.

Please ensure the company nominee holds the same class of licence as the class being applied for. If the nominee holds a restricted class of licence, please check with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission prior to completing the application form.

If the company nominee is applying at the same time as the company, the nominee must meet the requirements contained in the Individual application form.

You can obtain application kits from the Queensland Building and Construction Commission.

A company performing building work must employ a nominated supervisor who is licensed in the same class. If a nominated supervisor is not currently licensed as a builder, they are required to apply for a licence by completing a form.

You may need to supply any missing documents or information which requires further clarification.


You cannot transfer this licence.

Additional information

New Licence Class: Builder Project Management Services

What does this licence allow the holder to do?

This class has been designed to allow the holder to carry out a range of building work services including management and administrative services primarily as a client-side project manager. It does not allow the holder to manage the physical construction of any buildings.

Why has it been introduced?

It caters for the niche market of client-side project managers and allows for a wider range of suitably qualified contractors to carry out building work services.

What is the scope of work?

The licensee is able to perform the functions of a client-side project manager but not a builder project manager. They are able to engage but not supervise a builder to do the work on behalf of a client. They are not able to engage or supervise subcontractors directly.

The role involves administrative and management functions such as quality control, approving extensions of time claims, issuing directions for variations of the contract, determining values of completed work, suspending work, signing off on progress payments and other such administrative issues on behalf of a client. The holder of this licence is not able to carry out construction work (build anything).

What are the technical qualifications?

Successful completion of a degree in quantity surveying, engineering, architecture or construction management. Please note Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) is not able to accept overseas qualifications. Holders of overseas qualifications will need to contact a suitable registered training organization to gain an equivalent Australian qualification.

How many years of experience are required?

Applicants must be able to demonstrate a minimum of four years experience across the scope of work.

Does an applicant have to comply with the financial requirements for licensing?

Yes, all applicants are required to comply with the financial requirements for licensing. Level of turnover will determine the applicable financial category. Turnover is revenue, not project value, e.g. a project is values at $30M but earnings - $150K p.a. An applicant would be able to become licensed based on the $150K turnover and therefore be able to sign a statutory declaration (on the application form) to meet QBCCs financial requirements.

Can a holder of this new licence take out QBCC Home Warranty Insurance?

No, this only covers residential construction work not contract administration.

Are registered engineers and architects exempt from holding this licence?

They are only exempt from holding this licence where they are carrying out works within their professional practice. Work outside their registration is building work for which they will need to apply for this licence.

Administering agency

Queensland Building and Construction Commission

Contact details

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

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Customer Contact Centre

Queensland Building and Construction Commission

Operating address: 299 Montague Road
West End
Queensland 4101
Mailing address: GPO Box 5099
Queensland 4001
Phone: 139 333
Fax: 07 3225 2999
Website: Queensland Building and Construction Commission (Opens in new window)