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Key info

  • A building services provider does building or demolition work, design work or assessment and certification work.
  • There are different types of licences, depending on what work you are looking to do.
  • After you apply online you must visit a service centre to provide proof of identity and have a photo taken for your licence.
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About applying for a building services provider licence

The types of licences are:

  • builder
  • architect
  • engineer
  • building designer
  • building services designer
  • building surveyor
  • permit authority
  • body corporate
  • partnership
  • planning consultant.

Each type of licence has unique requirements and defines what type of work you can do.

When you have a licence, you can only carry out work within your area of competence. This is work that you are:

  • qualified for
  • experienced in, and
  • capable of doing.

How to apply

What you need to apply

The requirements vary depending on what type of licence you are applying for.

Please visit Consumer, Building and Occupational Services to understand what you need for your application.

Once you apply online you must visit a service centre to provide proof of identity and have a photo taken for your licence.

Can I apply?

You must:

If you are applying for a body corporate or partnership licence, you must nominate a person to hold the licence.

You must keep records of all work you have completed for at least 10 years.

Proving your identity

There are 2 ways to prove your identity:

1. Your Australian driver licence

You can show your Australian driver licence with your correct name and address details to prove your identity.

2. Provide identity documents

If you don't have a driver licence you must show at least:

  • One 'main proof of identity' document and two 'second proof of identity' documents, or
  • Two 'main proof of identity' documents and one 'second proof of identity' document.

These documents must:

  • show your current Tasmanian address
  • be in English or provided with an English translation from an accredited translator.

If you bring copies of your original certificates they must be certified by a Commissioner for Declaration or a Justice of the Peace (JP).

  • Australian birth certificate (not an extract or commemorative certificate)
  • Australian citizenship papers
  • Australian passport (can be expired up to 2 years)
  • Overseas passport or visa (can be expired up to 2 years if accompanied by a current Australian visa)
  • Australian photo driver licence (can be expired up to 2 years)
  • Australian firearms licence
  • Tasmanian Government personal information card (showing your full name)
  • Department of Immigration and Border Protection issued travel documents or Australian Government issued ImmiCard
  • Department of Immigration and Border Protection certificate of evidence of resident status.

  • Medicare card
  • Bank or credit card, with signature
  • Student identity card with photo, issued by an Australian educational institution
  • Department of Veterans' Affairs or Centrelink - pensioner concession or other current entitlement card issued by the Australian Government
  • Births, Deaths and Marriages change of name/marriage certificate (not a church or celebrant document) or deed poll.

    If you have changed your address or name

    If your name or address is incorrect on your licence or any documents you use to prove your identity, you need to show us proof of your current name or address.

    If your name is different to what is shown on your main proof of identify, you must also give us at least one original proof of change of name document.

    At least one of your documents or cards must show your date of birth and current Tasmanian home address. If the current address is not shown, you need to provide a fourth document that is less than 6 months old, from the category proof of change of address.

    To show proof of change of address you must provide one of the following documents:

    • financial institution statement
    • lease or rent agreement
    • council rate notice
    • utility account (electricity, water, sewerage, telephone, gas)
    • land tax valuation notice
    • Australian Taxation Office assessment (current or last financial year)
    • certificate of title.

    To show evidence of change of name you must provide one of the following documents:

    • adoption paper issued by court
    • divorce paper issued by court, showing your original name
    • change of name registration issued by Births, Deaths and Marriages or deed poll
    • guardianship order
    • marriage certificate issued by Births, Deaths and Marriages (not a church or celebrant issued document).

    If you cannot provide the required identity documents, please contact us on 1300 135 513.

    How much it costs

    OccupationOne year licenceThree year licence

    Builder

    $408

    $1,096.50

    Architect

    $331.50

    $892.50

    Engineer, building designer, building services designer, building surveyor, permit authority, body corporate, partnership.

    $408

    $1,096.50

    Additional occupation

    $204

    No licence option

    Restricted roof drainage endorsement - building licence only.

    $115.60

    $306

    Fees and charges last updated 1 July, 2022.

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    More Information

    • The Automatic Mutual Recognition (AMR) scheme has commenced in Tasmania. This allows you to use your current licence or registration to do the same activities in other parts of Australia.Please visit Consumer, Building and Occupational Services to find out more.

    Please visit Consumer, Building and Occupational Services for more information on applying for a building services provider licence.