There are a bunch of criteria that must be met before a person can obtain an owner-builder permit.
Under the Home Building Act 1989, a person can get an owner-builder permit if:
- the cost of the proposed work (that is, the cost of labour and materials) is greater than $10,000;
- the work relates to:
- a single dwelling (like a typical house);
- a secondary dwelling (like a granny flat); or
- in special circumstances, dual occupancy developments (that is, two houses on one block of land, which might be attached, or might be free-standing); and
- the work in point 2 above requires a development consent (issued by a local council), or a complying development certificate (issued by a private certifier or a local council).
There is also other criteria which must be met before a person can obtain an owner-builder permit.
A person must:
- be of or above 18 years old;
- own the land (it’s ok to own the land with other people – but see the important note below);
- occupy the residence (or one of the residences) after the work is complete;
- hold a current general construction induction training card (commonly known as a White Card); and
- if the work cost more than $20,000, you must to satisfy an education requirement by:
- completing a training course (find out more about that here); or
- providing evidence that you have a suitable accreditation (for example, evidence that you are a building certifier).
Important note: An application for an owner-builder permit will generally be refused if a person owned other land and an owner-builder permit was issued for that other land within 5 years from the most current application. This could be an issue if land is owned by multiple people – if one person applies for an owner-builder permit, everyone else is prevented from applying for an owner-builder permit for 5 years. This rule may be wavered in special circumstances, like if there are genuinely unforeseen events or occurrences which support a new owner-builder licence being issued.
When is an owner-builder permit not required?
An owner-builder permit is not required when:
- cost of the proposed residential building work (that is, the cost of labour and materials) is greater than $10,000; and
- the work does not require development consent.
To find out more about how to apply for an owner-builder permit, visit the Department of Fair Trading website here.