An owner-builder is a person authorised to do owner-builder work under a permit issued by NSW Fair Trading.
An Owner-Builder Permit allows people who have the skill or capacity to build their own house or supervise construction by coordinating sub-contractors.
You will need an Owner-Builder Permit if:
- you want to supervise, coordinate or do building work on your home that is worth more than $10,000 (including labour and materials), and you have decided not to use a licensed builder
- the work relates to a single-dwelling house, dual occupancy (in special circumstances) or a secondary dwelling that requires development consent with a Development Application or a Complying Development Certificate.
Although an Owner-Builder Permit is not a builder's licence, as the owner-builder you are responsible for the building work - just like a licensed builder would be.
You must provide your principal certifier with a copy of your Owner-Builder Permit before the start of your building work.
- You can find out more about the construction phase on our construction process page.
Find out everything you need to know about becoming an owner-builder with our information kit and flowchart of the owner-builder process:
- Owner-builder information kit (1.89 MB)
- Download a flowchart that shows the major steps in the owner-builder process (568 KB)
You can find more information on the NSW Government Fair Trading website, including answers to questions and topics about becoming an owner-builder:
- should I do owner-builder work?
- do I need an Owner-Builder Permit?
- what are my limitations under the permit?
- what are my responsibilities?
- approvals required for building work
- using licensed tradespeople
- compulsory home building compensation cover and other insurances
- false or misleading information with your application
- handling disputes.
We can help you
For more information, contact our Development Help Desk:
- T: 02 4474 1231
- E: Council's Development Help Desk