Building practitioners now need to apply for registration under new legislation to:
- make declarations that class 2 buildings or buildings with a class 2 part will be constructed to designs that are compliant with the Building Code of Australia
- lodge regulated designs on the NSW Planning Portal for class 2 buildings or buildings with a class 2 part.
Class 2 buildings are residential apartment buildings. They’re typically multi-unit, multi-storey buildings where people live above and below each other.
In this application, building practitioners can apply for 2 registration types:
- if you’re authorised to make compliance declarations for building work
- if you prepare and provide required documents for building work
- if you hold a contractor licence for general building work under the Home Building Act 1989.
- body corporate nominee:
- if you’re a registered building practitioner that has been nominated by a body corporate
- if the body corporate that has nominated you holds a building practitioner - body corporate registration
- if you’re authorised to prepare and provide documents as a building practitioner on behalf of a registered body corporate
- if you hold a supervisor certificate or you’re authorised to do general building work under the Home Building Act 1989.
You can register for 1, 3 or 5 years. Fees are applicable.
To be eligible to apply, you need to:
- be aged 18 or over
- meet the criteria regarding qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience for the registration class(es) you’re wanting to apply for
- have a current National Police Certificate that is valid for 4 months when you submit your application (Name and Date of Birth Check only)
- have completed and passed the mandatory Construct NSW learning modules on Navigating the Design and Building Practitioners (DBP) Legislation, and the Value of Australian Standards
- meet insurance requirements as required.
What you need
- a MyServiceNSW Account
- proof of identity such as an Australian driver licence, passport or Medicare card
- your National Police Check certificate that is valid for 4 months when you submit your application (Name and Date of Birth Check only)
- your endorsed contractor licence authorising you to do general building work, or a supervisor certificate
- your contact details
- a current credit card for payment.
How to apply
You can save your progress in the application and return later
- Check the eligibility criteria for the registration types and classes you want to apply for.
- Gather your certificates and other required documents.
- Select the ‘Apply online’ button.
- Log in or create your MyServiceNSW Account.
- Select and verify your 2 identity documents.
- Select the registration types and classes you’re applying for.
- Select the duration of your registration.
- Answer all questions in the digital form, including those on your suitability to perform the work and your background.
- Upload your supporting documents.
- Review your answers and give consent to process your application.
- Enter your payment details.
- Select ‘Submit’.
- Note: this must be done within 60 days of starting your application.
If you apply for registration on or before 31 December 2021, you’ll receive a ‘deemed’ registration ID. This means:
- you can keep working while NSW Fair Trading assesses your application
- NSW Fair Trading will contact you if more information is needed
- if your application is successful, your registration ID will stay the same.
If you apply on or after 1 January 2022, you’ll:
- need to stop making compliance declarations and/or lodging designs while NSW Fair Trading assesses your application and approves your registration
- be notified about the result of your application within 28 days of submitting it (unless placed on hold, pending further information).