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Owner-builder work is any work involving construction, alterations or additions to a dwelling, including houses etc. This excludes coordination or supervising works...

Owner-builder work is any work involving construction, alterations or additions to a dwelling, including houses etc. This excludes coordination or supervising works. If you are going to carry out owner-builder work, and you are not the holder of a contractor license issued under the Home Building Act 1989, you must obtain an owner-builder permit if the value of the work is greater than $5,000.00.

In general, to apply for an owner-builder permit you must show that you:

a) Are over 18 years old,

b) Own, or have a prescribed interest in, land, and

c) Do, or intend to, live in the house.

You must also provide the following:

a) Completed application form,

b) A description and address of the proposed work, along with a copy of the approved plans,

c) Council development number, or complying certificate number,

d) Purchase an owner-builder permit, and

e) Evidence of completion of approved owner-builder course.

NOTE: It is essential you do your sums before considering an owner-builder course as an option. You must compare the savings you make against the time and responsibility you must provide. If you require any further information regarding Owner-builder permits please do not hesitate to contact your local fair trading office.