Building Work Contractors Licence - Individual or Partnership - South Australia


Individuals or partnerships intending to contract or sub-contract for building work must be licensed as a builder and either hold registration as a building work supervisor or employ a registered building work supervisor.

This licence includes trades such as paving, painting and general repairs.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Applicants for a building work contractors licence must meet the relevant performance criteria contained within Schedule 2 of the Building Work Contractors Regulations 1996.

In addition to meeting this criteria they must be a fit and proper person, must not have been suspended or disqualified from practising a trade, occupation or business in Australia; an undischarged bankrupt within the 10 years preceding the application for a licence or be subject to a composition or deed or scheme of arrangement with or for the benefit of creditors; within 10 years before the making of an application for a licence, a director of a body corporate which has been wound up for the benefit of creditors - at the time of the body corporate being wound up or within a period of 12 months preceding the commencement of the winding up.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate possession of sufficient financial resources and have sufficient business knowledge and experience. Where a building work supervisor is being employed, the contractor must seek the approval of the Commissioner for that building work supervisor to be engaged.

In a partnership, all partners need to be individually licensed.




Variable; Please contact the Agency.

Online, credit card, money order, cheques, selected Service SA outlets for cash payments.

Act(s) name

Building Work Contractors Act 1995 South Australia

Administering agency

Consumer and Business Services

Licensing and Registrations

Contact details

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Occupational Licensing and Registration (Builders)

Operating address: Customer Service Centre
Ground Floor 91-97 Grenfell Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Mailing address: GPO Box 1719
Adelaide SA 5001
Phone: 131882
Fax: 0882049697
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