What Do You Need To Be An Owner Builder?

Architect or engineer with blueprints meeting with owner of building house on construction site

If you’re looking to renovate your home or build a new house, then you might be considering becoming an owner-builder. Over 40,000 people in Australia already choose to become owner-builders each year, sparking 3,300 new owner-builder projects every month.

To join one of the biggest contributing sectors to the national economy and start organising your roof trusses and wall frames now, you should research exactly what being an owner-builder will mean and what your responsibilities will entail.

What is an owner-builder?

Owner-builders take responsibility for any domestic building work on their land. This includes supervision and management of construction, repairs, additions, or alterations.

The property in question must:

  • Exceed a reasonable market cost (including materials and labour) of $10,000
  • Relate to a single dwelling house, a secondary dwelling, or dual occupancy dwelling that requires development consent (Part 4 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979) or complies with the Act

Can I do owner-builder work?

Architect or engineer with blueprints meeting with owner of building house on construction siteYou should only consider owner-builder work if you have the skill and capacity to construct your own house or otherwise supervise the construction. There is also a list of criteria for eligibility of becoming an owner-builder:

  • You are the landowner
  • You intend to reside in the dwelling
  • You have not renovated or built a different owner build in the last five years
  • You have not sold an owner-built home without obtaining the necessary insurance in the past
  • You have completed the necessary eLearning assessment and construction induction training

What are the responsibilities of an owner-builder?

Becoming an owner-builder involves taking on a lot more responsibility than you may have had in past renovation works on your home. Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Obtaining a building permit and paying the levy
  • Ensuring building regulations are met
  • Supervising and/or undertaking building work
  • Notifying the VBA should the final project costs exceed the estimate

What is the owner-builder permit and do I need one?

Where the market value of the domestic building is less than $10,000 or the building work does not necessitate developmental consent, you will not need an owner-builder permit.

However, conditions greater than these will require one, or you could face large fines and legal consequences.

How do I get the owner-builder permit?

You can submit an online application form or visit a Service NSW centre. You must attach copies of documentation along with proof of identity and the owner-builder permit fee to your application. You can find out more by visiting the government website.

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