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What Are the Legal Requirements for Obtaining an Owner Builder Permit?

by Martha Smith Marketing Manager
In the simplest terms, Australians who dream of building their homes can obtain an owner builder permit. They perform the role of a licensed builder for managing the construction work taking place at their residential premises. There are many benefits of assuming this role. You can control the construction work to maximise savings and satisfaction.

To obtain an owner builder permit in Australia there are many legal and safety requirements to be complied with. 

The Basic Requirements of Becoming an Owner Builder:
There are many legal responsibilities associated with obtaining an owner builder permit. All legal requirements are mandatory and must be adhered to all times to maintain a safe working environment. The legal framework set out for owner builders is to ensure a safe working environment to all subcontractors and/or labourers who are engaged in the construction of the owner builders’ home. There are some fundamental requirements that should be adhered to all times:
  • All construction work should be safely done in a clean hazard free environment. 
  • It is imperative to adhere to the robust and accurate building practices.
  • The person holding the owner builder permit should be insured against damages and accidents. 

Legal Requirements Prior & During Construction:
Before applying for an owner builder permit, you need detailed engineering plans completed by a qualified professional. You should submit these plans along with the Site Assessments and your DA or Development Application to council for approval. The requirements of site assessments vary according to the location of the applicant. You may be asked to submit the Building Sustainability Index Report, Statement of Environmental Effects, and other related documents. After the approval of DA, you can apply for the owner builder permit. 

The requirements of this application are:
  • You must be aged more than 18 years 
  • You must be the owner of the premises and required to show the title.
  • You must confirm your intention to reside in this structure. 

You are also required to pay an application fee and complete the owner builder course. On completion of these legal formalities, you’ll need the Development Consent or CDC. 

Remember as an owner builder; you are solely responsible for all tasks on your site. Therefore, you should hire only licensed trades-persons and ensure written contracts are agreed upon before any commencement of work. 

Legal Requirements after Construction:
Your legal obligations will continue even after the completion of construction work. Before moving into your newly constructed home, you should obtain an approval of occupancy from council. In some states, it is also legally binding to take a statutory insurance if you intend to sell the home within six years of this construction. 

Adhere strictly to these requirements to become a responsible owner builder 

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About Martha Smith Junior   Marketing Manager

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