About the Owner Builder Licensing Act in Australia
Among owner builders in ACT, a particular owner builder may wish to obtain a license to plan and start buildings and construction work on property that he or she owns. Interested applicants for an owner builder license have to apply for the ACT 2004 and fulfill all the eligibility requirements and follow all the norms.An owner builder in ACT takes on exactly the same responsibilities as a licensed builder to look after building construction work and ensure the building work doesn’t break the rules of Building Act 2004.
The basic process for obtaining a license is fulfilling the eligibility requirements and keeping in mind the regulations. Once an owner builder is a certified licensee, only that person is responsible for the administration and obligations of that license. A holder of a license is also subjected to work under a legislative framework along with carrying out building work and construction.
Assessments of a license or accreditation or registration application for a person, company or partnership, takes a minimum of four weeks for processing, provided that the application is complete. But if an application is incomplete, or an applicant requires more information, knowledge or verification of experience, the assessment of an application can take considerably longer. Most ofthe common information requests will be sent to an applicant through email in the first instance. Browse our complete checklist before applying for owner builder license.
Assessments of applications will strictly not be fast tracked in any situation. You should make sure that the assessment timeframe is considered and taken care of when planning to undertake work requiring a license or registration in the ACT. Until the assessment timeframe has passed and verified, or the entire information request has been sent, licensing will not be able to discuss an application.
For an application to be submitted, you must pay the application fee of $473.00 if lodged in the office or $430.00 if lodged online. This application fee is non-refundable. Only when the license application is successful only then you will be asked to pay a license term fee.
To fulfill the eligibility requirements and what you must issue with a license, you have to deeply study the act, where you would find multiple methods that are listed for a specific license class. However, an applicant is only required to fulfill one of the methods. First one is that a building assessor must provide appropriate insurance coverage before they can be licensed and approved. Insurance must cover an indemnity against claims for breach of formal duty as a building assessor, and the minimum limit should bean indemnity of $1,000,000 for a single claim.
Restrictions and endorsements:
No matter what class of building assessor is present, the license should be issued with set terms and conditions. A building assessor license should be issued with an endorsement. This endorsement specifies using what software the building assessor is allowed to perform activities like energy ratings. This is a specific set of words that can be found on a licensed building assessor’s physical license. This wording may stop the license holder from performing certain work; it may also restrict the license holder from supervising or may restrict the license holder from entering into contracts with others.
Building assessor licensing:
In the ACT, building assessors need to be licensed and must apply under the Construction Occupation Act 2004. They must meet all the eligibility requirements as well.
This blog outlines the basic process for obtaining a license. Once a building assessor is an approved license, he or she is responsible for the administration and obligations of that license including having appropriate insurance coverage. If the license lapses, there is a significant late payment fee and applicants may have to submit a newly made application to hold that license again.
If the license holders get their license under previous legislative requirements, they may need to meet the new requirements. All holders of a license must be diligent in noting their date of expiry. A holder of a license is also subject to working under a legislative framework whilst carrying out energy assessment work.
In the Australian Capital Territory, owner builders need to be licensed must meet all the eligibility requirements. You will find the basic process for obtaining a license here.
Once a builder is an approved licensee, only then he or she is responsible for the administration and obligations of that license. If the license holders obtained their license under previous legislative requirements, they may need to meet the newly made requirements. All holders of a license must be diligent in noting their date of expiry. A holder of a license would also be subjected to work under a legislative framework whilst carrying out building work.
The Australian laws are very strict, so as an owner builder you need to adhere to all rules and regulations.