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Key info

  • The owner builder permit allows a non-licensed person to perform the work of a licensed builder.
  • An owner builder has the same responsibilities as a licensed builder.
  • There is a type of building work called 'low risk work by an owner' (PDF, 985KB) which does not need an owner builder permit.
  • An owner builder permit expires when the project is completed.
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About applying for an owner builder permit

You can only apply for a permit if you own the land and premises. Companies, trusts and self-managed superannuation funds are not allowed to apply.

You must have hired a licensed building surveyor before you can apply for the permit.

If you are approved for a permit you will receive a letter of approval with a permit number.

There is an owner builder fact sheet (PDF, 246KB) about becoming an owner builder.

How to apply

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PO Box 56
Rosny Park TAS 7018

What you need to apply

To complete the application form (PDF, 142KB), you must provide:

  • personal details
  • details of the property
  • details of the proposed work
  • a signed declaration from your building surveyor
  • any information about previous work you have done as an owner builder
  • proof that you have a white card
  • Certificate of Currency for Public Liability Insurance (minimum of $5 million)
  • a copy of the contract of sale (if you are buying the property)
  • payment for the permit.

If you are building or extending a residence, you also need:

Can I apply?

To apply for an owner builder permit you must:

  • own the land or premises, or have a contract of sale (as an individual, not a company)
  • have engaged a building surveyor
  • have insurance cover
  • have completed a white card (construction induction) course
  • have completed an approved Tasmanian owner builder course in the last 12 months (if building or extending a residence)

Proving your identity

You do not need to prove your identity.

How much it costs

OccupationCost (per project)

Owner builder permit - Class 1a


Owner builder permit - Class 10a, 10b and 8


Fees and charges last updated 1 July, 2022.

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More Information

  • The Administrator of Occupational Licensing can cancel a permit if an owner builder is in breach of the permit conditions.

Please visit Consumer, Building and Occupational Services for more information on applying for an owner builder permit.