- 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.
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
- proof that you have insurance
- 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:
- proof that you have completed an owner builder course within the last 12 months.
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 hired a building surveyor
- have insurance cover
- have completed a white card (construction induction) course
- have completed an 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
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Owner builder permit - Class 1a
Owner builder permit - Class 10a, 10b and 8
Fees and charges last updated 1 July, 2022.
- 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.