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Looking to renovate your home or build a new house? Consider becoming an Owner Builder. Over 40,000 people in Australia become Owner Builders each year. Owner Builders begin 3,300 new projects every month.

Join one of the biggest contributing sectors to the economy and start organising your roof trusses and wall frames now. Research exactly what being an Owner Builder means and your responsibilities.

What is an Owner Builder?

An Owner Builder takes responsibility for any building work on their land. This includes supervision and management of construction, repairs, additions or alterations.

The property in question must:

  • Firstly exceed a reasonable market cost (including materials and labour) of $10,000.
  • Secondly, relate to a single dwelling, 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?

Owner BuilderIn order to be an Owner Builder, you need the skill and capacity to construct your own house or supervise construction. For this reason, to criteria to qualify for becoming an Owner Builder, you must:

  • Be the landowner
  • Intend to reside in the dwelling
  • Have not renovated or built a different owner build in the last five years
  • Have not sold an owner-built home without obtaining the necessary insurance in the past
  • Completed  the necessary e-Learning assessment and construction induction training

What are the responsibilities of an Owner Builder?

Becoming an Owner Builder involves a lot of responsibility. 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?

You will not need an owner-builder permit if the market value of the domestic building is less than $10,000. Likewise, you will not need a permit if the building work does not need developmental consent.

However, conditions greater than these will require one. So, you could face large fines and legal action without a permit.

How do I get an owner-builder permit?

Submit an online application form or visit a Service NSW centre. You must attach copies of documentation to your application. Also, you will need to provide proof of identity and the owner-builder permit fee. You can find out more by visiting the government website.

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