Owner Builder

Having greater control over a building project is an attractive option for many home owners, but you must be aware of the responsibilities and obligations of becoming an owner-builder.

Owner-builders are legally responsible for the building project with some responsibilities lasting for six and a half years after completion.

As an owner-builder you would need to obtain building permits, supervise or undertake the building work, and ensure the work meets building regulations and standards.

To become an owner-builder you:

  • must own or co-own the land on which the building work is carried out
  • may undertake all or part of the domestic building work - except in areas that require licenced tradespeople such as electricians and plumbers
  • must reside, continue to reside or intend to reside in the home upon completion of the work
  • must use a written major domestic building contract with registered building practitioners for work costing between $5,000 and $16,000
  • will need to apply for a Certificate of Consent for building works costing more than $16,000

In Victoria owner-builders can only build or renovate one home every three years.

For further information and to apply visit www.vba.vic.gov.au/consumers/owner-builders/application

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