Property owners who want to do building work on their own property may need an ‘owner builder approval. ‘Building work’ is:
- Work which requires a building permit
- Is valued at $20,000 or more.
Examples of building work an owner builder approval is required for are:
- House additions or alterations
- Habitable freestanding rooms
- Some incidental buildings, such as a garage or shed.
To be eligible to get an owner builder approval, you must:
- Be the land owner or have an ‘interest’ in the land. An ‘interest’ is prescribed by the ‘Building Regulations 2012’
- Be an individual, not a corporate body, trust or other entity
- Have sufficient knowledge of owner builder responsibilities
- Not have been granted a building permit as an owner builder in last 6 years
- Intend to live on or occupy the property, not rent it out.
For detailed information, please visit 'What is an owner builder' by Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.