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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:

  • 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 that trade)

  • 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).

Note: The office of Fair Trading strongly recommends that owner-builders do not attempt construction projects that require special expertise or equipment.

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 owner-builders.

  • 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 owner-builders.

  • 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.


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