Become an Owner-Builder in Queensland

22 June 2016

Are you planning on purchasing a steel building kit from THE Shed Company and considering erecting it yourself in Queensland? If so, keep reading on below as there are specific licences and permits you need to hold. 

To become an owner-builder in the state of Queensland, you will need to apply for a permit from the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC). The permit can only be requested once you have completed and passed a certified Owner-Builder Course. 

What is Owner-Building?

If you are thinking about completing building work for a new shed, garage or kit home on your own property, you may need an owner-builder permit.

For work over $11,000 the Queensland Building and Construction Commission will issue you a permit. This will then allow you, as the property owner, to personally perform the construction work and take on the role of Head Contractor on the building project. 

Work You Can Complete

With your new owner-builder license you can complete work including:

  • Build a new home
  • Alter, renovate or extend an existing home
  • Build a garage, carport or residential shed
  • Build a pergola or entertainment area for residential use

Work You Cannot Complete

Other restrictions that the license does not cover you for includes:

  • Occupational work such as plumbing and draining
  • Fire protection work
  • Build Commercial or Industrial Buildings
  • Build or Renovate multiple dwellings

If you wanted to do such work, please do adequate independent research into the requirements for each task. If engaging local trades do your due diligence and ensure they hold current and relevant licenses also. 

How do I become an Owner Builder?

Fill out the application form with all supporting documents, including the signed completion of your Owner Builder Course. You will be required to pay an application fee before sending this off. The application process will usually take around 4 weeks.

For more detailed information please visit the Queensland Building and Construction Commission website


Please note – this information was accurate at the time of publishing. Please reference the QBCC for current and updated requirements. 

Disclaimer: Information is correct as at time of publishing. For the latest information please contact us.

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