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Completed residential building inspection licence - Queensland


You will need this licence to undertake building inspections of completed buildings. You will need to comply with Australian Standard 4349.1 2007 'inspection of buildings: pre-purchase inspections - residential buildings' when conducting inspections and preparing reports.

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

To be eligible for this licence, you must have five years experience in any of the following:

  • builder - low rise, medium rise or open, surveyor
  • building surveyor
  • assistant building surveyor
  • building surveyor technician.

In addition, you must also meet the technical qualifications, professional indemnity insurance and 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 five years 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 
  • the applicable fees.  

Transfer process


This licence cannot be transferred.

Approval time

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

Administering agency

Queensland Building and Construction Commission

Contact details

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