Registration of Building Practitioners - Commercial Builder - Victoria


You will require this registration if you intend to operate as a Commercial Builder.

Commercial Builders are responsible for the construction of shops, offices, factories and other buildings. They also examine clients' plans and documents, tender for projects, submit plans to a Building Surveyor for approval and organise inspections of building work.

There are two classes of Commercial Builder registration:

  • Unlimited: a Commercial Builder (unlimited) may perform, manage and arrange any commercial building work.
  • Limited: a Commercial Builder (limited) may perform only the components of building work specified on their certificate of registration.

You must register with the VBA eToolbox to access the required forms.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To obtain a certificate of registration as a Commercial Builder you must:

  • have the specified educational qualifications in the particular class plus the specified period of practical experience, or the equivalent total in work experience
  • complete the application form and support the application with details of your training, professional memberships, business operations and in some categories, samples of work
  • generally satisfy the agency that you are of good character and fit to work as a commercial builder (the Agency will take into account matters such as your criminal record, and whether you have previously been insolvent)
  • have appropriate insurance (required insurance for building surveyors is determined by the Agency)
  • provide a signed authorisation allowing the Agency to conduct a National Police Certificate check
  • lodge the application form and supporting copy documentation, including photographic ID, with the agency together with the prescribed fee.

You will also require one of the following:

  • Unlimited: Degree, Diploma or Associate Diploma in building and three years practical experience or certificate of successful completion of the Course in Builder Registration (BPB) and three years practical experience.
  • Limited: certification by the Building Practitioners Board stating ability to construct the components of building work specified in the certificate.

The Agency may require you to undergo an assessment by a board member, industry expert or workplace assessor prior to your registration being approved. The assessment will cover your knowledge and skill in areas relevant to the practice of a commercial builder.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

Ongoing registration is subject to satisfaction of specified requirements including industry training and standards compliance, as determined by the agency.




Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $58.00

If you are currently registered in another category or class of building practitioner. Fee for 2018-19.

Apply Application All $125.70 Fees for 2018-19.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Commercial Builder Registration Application - PDF (Opens in new window)
Apply All Partner's Declaration - PDF (Opens in new window)
Apply All Experience Statement - Commercial Builder (Unlimited) - PDF (Opens in new window)
Apply All Technical Referee Report - Commercial Builder (Unlimited) - PDF (Opens in new window)
Apply All Experience Statement - Commercial Builder (Limited) - Please contact the responsible agency for application forms and registration details.
Apply All Technical Referee Report - Commercial Builder (Limited) - Please contact the responsible agency for application forms and registration details.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Building Act 1993 VIC

Regulation(s) name

Building Regulations 2018 VIC

Additional information

A Commercial Builder (limited) may apply for registration in one or more of the following classes:

  • blinds and awnings: erecting external blinds and awnings
  • damp-proofing: repairing buildings damaged by damp, including replacing rotten timber
  • fitout - non-structural: includes internal partitions, counters (freestanding), suspended ceilings and fire sprinkler systems, replacing non-load bearing structures
  • fitout - structural: alterations to shop fronts, internal works, load bearing structures and fixtures
  • greenhouse: erecting commercial greenhouses
  • low rise: work up to fifteen metres, excavations up to three metres and cellars and basements to 2.5 metres, all building work including non-structural
  • re-stumping: re-stumping, re-blocking, repairs to flooring, plaster and roof material damaged by re-blocking
  • shade structures: includes erecting shade structures, advising clients on building materials, specifications, and construction methods; complying with all planning, building legislation and preparation of permit applications
  • sign erection: signs attached to buildings or freestanding signs on a building site; lighting poles over eight metres
  • steel erection: steel frames, piers, foundations and external cladding
  • structural landscaping: fences, pergolas, gazebos, retaining walls, ornamental structures, site preparation and landscape paving, land
  • form structures requiring fabricated internal support
  • underpinning: underpinning existing structures and associated works
  • waterproofing: the use of waterproofing membranes to the interior, exterior, below ground and remedial areas of a building.

Administering agency

Victorian Building Authority

Contact details

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

Building Practitioners Board

Victorian Building Authority

Operating address: Goods Shed North
733 Bourke Street
Docklands, Victoria 3008
Mailing address: PO BOX 536
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Phone: 1300 815 127
Fax: 03 9618 9046
Website: Building Practitioners Board (Opens in new window)