Owner-Builder Application Forms

NSW Office of Fair Trading (Services NSW)
To be eligible for an owner-builder permit, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Share in ownership, freehold or have a leasehold interest (life or for a term exceeding 3 years) in the land on which you intend to build the home or in the house that is proposed to be renovated;
  • Intend to live in the completed home or, (in the case of dual occupancy (with special circumstances, using FORM 7 below), one of the dwellings;
  • Complete an approved owner-builder course if the proposed work is valued at over $20,000;
  • Pay any required fees.
If you have a leasehold interest in the land (other than perpetuity), you may be required to obtain written consent from a person who has freehold or leasehold (perpetuity) interest in the land to carry out the work.

Download Application Form A (Freehold interest)

Download Application Form B (Registered leaseholder)

Download Application Form C (Company owned property)

Special circumstances
If you are an individual making an application for an owner builder permit and need to demonstrate special circumstances regarding:

  • Obtaining a second permit at a different building site within 5 years;
  • Obtaining a permit where it is in respect of a dual occupancy (and not a secondary dwelling);

Download special cirumstances Form 7

Duplicate certificate

Download duplicate certificate Application Form



ACT Planning & Land Authority
Only an individual can apply for an owner-builder licence. You must own the land to be developed. Where there is more than one owner, all owners must consent to the application. It is recommended that the owner with the most appropriate skills to carry out the proposed work should be put forward as the primary applicant.

There is also a restriction on the number of owner-builder licences that can be issued. To be eligible for an owner-builder licence, you must not have been granted an owner-builder licence in relation to other land in the previous five years. There is no restriction on the number of owner-builder licences for work on the same site.

Mandatory qualifications apply, including the need to demonstrate sufficient experience to do the building work and satisfactory completion of an owner-builder course to demonstrate you have sufficient knowledge of legislative and technical requirements. The experience and qualifications required are relative to the complexity of building work:

  • if you apply for an owner-builder licence to build or renovate a Building Code of Australia class 1 building such as a new residence or an addition/alteration to a residence, you will need to have successfully completed an owner-builder course or examination within the last 5 years provided the course or examination was undertaken after 1 September 2004, or you are the holder of a builder licence (class A, B, C or interstate equivalent); or
  • if you apply to build a Building Code of Australia class 10 structure such as a deck, pergola, carport, garage or retaining wall, you will need to provide evidence of your skills and experience to demonstrate that you are able to satisfactorily carry out the building work or, alternatively, you have successfully completed an owner-builder course or examination within the last 5 years provided the course or examination was undertaken after 1 September 2004, or you are the holder of a builder licence (class A, B, C or interstate equivalent)

Download ACT Planning & Land Authority Application Form