What am I not allowed to do with my Owner-builder Permit?
An Owner-builder Permit is not a building licence. It does not allow you to:
Note: The office of Fair Trading strongly recommends that owner-builders do not attempt construction projects that require special expertise or equipment.
- do building work other than the project covered by the Building
Application number specified on your Owner-builder Permit
- do specialist trade work - electrical, plumbing, drainage, gasfitting,
air-conditioning and refrigeration (unless you hold a licence for
- build multi-occupancy dwellings such as flats, villa homes, townhouses and home units (dual occupancy is permitted)
- work on more than one residence as an owner-builder in less than five
years (except in special circumstances).
Where can I get more information about owner-building?
Staff at the offices Fair Trading Centres can assist you with general information.
Fair Trading Centres 13 32 20
Albury Gosford Newcastle Sydney
Armidale Goulburn Orange Tamworth
Blacktown Grafton Parramatta Tweed Heads
Broken Hill Hurstville Penrith Wagga Wagga
Coffs Harbour Lismore Port Macquarie Wollongong
Dubbo Liverpool Queanbeyan
Victoria - Consumer & Business Affairs 03 9627 6000
Qld - Queensland Building Services Authority 07 3225 2855
SA – Office of Consumer Affairs 08 8204 9644
Tas - HIA Tasmania - 03 6234 8922
ACT - BEPCON (Building, Electrical & Plumbing Control) 02 6207 6262
WA - Builders Registration Board 08 9321 6891
Other sources of information
- Your Local Council will have information about what they will require of
- Government agencies, building centres and material suppliers can
provide you with a wealth of general and technical information.
- Talk to professional builders or people who have already been
- Some building centres, community colleges and commercial
organisations run courses on aspects of building and owner-building.
- You can find useful books and magazines at your local bookshop,
newsagent or public library.