If you're wanting to supervise or do building work worth more than $10,000 on your home, and you're not contracting a licensed builder to supervise the work, you'll need an Owner-Builder Permit.
Before you apply, familiarise yourself with the information provided on Becoming an owner-builder to avoid delays in processing your application.
You can apply for an Owner-Builder Permit:
To be eligible to apply for an Owner-Builder Permit:
- you're aged 18 years or over
- you're the owner or joint owner of the land, or a shareholder in the company that owns the land, or
- you have a lease, registered with NSW Land Registry Services, for more than 3 years on the land
- the building work has not been started
- the property is not part of a multi-dwelling strata complex
- you'll live in the property after the building work is complete
- you have completed the Owner-Builder approved education requirements or other equivalent accreditation if the cost of building work is $20,000 or more, and can attach a copy of your completed accreditation
- you have and can attach a copy of:
- your proof of ownership documents
- your current general construction induction training card (white card)
- an approved Council Development Application (DA) and/or an approved Complying Development Certificate (CDC)
- the site plan and the measured floor plan documents for development (if the property is a secondary dwelling).
In some cases, you'll need to show that there are special circumstances that justify your application. Please visit a service centre to complete your application in person if:
- you or any other registered parties have held an Owner-Builder Permit within the last 5 years, and/or
- the type of construction is dual occupancy.
What you need
- a MyServiceNSW Account
- 3 current Australian identity documents, such as driver licence, passport, Medicare card
- acceptable documentation showing proof of ownership or long-term lease agreement relating to the land specified in your application, such as:
- council rates or water rates notice less than one year old
- Certificate of Title from NSW Land Registry Services
- solicitor settlement letter showing settlement date (cannot be future dated and must be less than 3 months old)
- ASIC company extract
- copy of the lease (minimum 3 years) registered with NSW Land Registry Services.
- estimated cost of the building work for labour and materials
- details of the proposed plans
- copy of approved development consent such as:
- a current general construction induction training card (white card)
- evidence that you've completed the Owner-Builder approved education requirements or other equivalent accreditation if the value of work exceeds $20,000
- access to a scanner, printer, and PDF reader such as Adobe Acrobat Reader
- your payment.
How to apply
To apply online:
- Select the 'Apply online' button.
- Answer the eligibility questions.
- If you're eligible, select the type of application based on who owns the land.
- Log in, or create your MyServiceNSW Account.
- Complete each section of the application. You'll be asked to:
- verify your Australian identity documents
- provide details of the proposed building work
- enter details of registered parties of the land
- download the documents that are generated based on your responses
- if relevant, get documents signed by each registered party
- scan and attach the signed documents and other required documents
- read and accept declaration statements
- enter your payment details.
To learn more, view the video about applying online for an Owner-Builder Permit.
To apply in person:
If the proof of ownership document lists more than one owner/registered party:
- all owners/registered parties must be entered in the online application
- if the Joint Ownership Permission form is supplied during the online application, all joint owners/registered parties must complete and sign all pages.
It is an offence under the Home Building Act 1989 (maximum penalty $22,000) for the holder of an Owner-Builder Permit to:
- knowingly engage an unlicensed contractor
- lend their permit to another person
- refuse to disclose to an authorised officer the names and addresses of contractors working on the site.
An owner-builder is also responsible for:
- overseeing and supervising all tradespeople
- the ordering of materials and the management of the building site
- obtaining all necessary council and authority approvals
- ensuring that the financial, taxation and insurance requirements of the building work are met and fully comply with all laws
- being aware of your obligations under the Workers Compensation Act 1987 and Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000, and providing a safe work environment that complies with SafeWork NSW requirements
- ensuring any contractor engaged is appropriately licensed and insured to do the work contracted for
- guaranteeing that the work and materials will be fit for the purpose, and that the work results in a dwelling fit for occupation.