Owner Builder Centre delivers accredited courses and other related services to thousands of Owner Builders across Australia.
An Owner Builder is an individual who performs the traditional role of a licensed builder to manage and co-ordinate construction work that is being carried out on their own residential premises, and who holds an Owner Builder Permit that authorises the individual to act as an owner builder in relation to such construction work.
As part of the project, an Owner Builder orders building materials and engages contractors directly to carry out construction work, and he or she effectively manages the whole project in the same way that a licensed builder normally would.
As an Owner Builder, the law generally allows you to:
Although the law may differ from state to state, as an Owner Builder you will not generally be permitted to perform any work that relates to a commercial / industrial building, or multiple residential dwellings on the same site (apartment buildings etc). For specific information you should check with your state regulator.
Becoming an Owner Builder carries with it a wide range of benefits, including the following:
SAVINGS – Owner Builders can save 20-40% on constructions costs, including the project margin that is normally charged by licensed builders
CONTROL – Owner Builders are able to exercise a greater level of control over their own project, including the ability to make changes to the construction work more promptly
SATISFACTION – Owner Builders have a greater sense of satisfaction in knowing that they were able to build or renovate their own home themselves
Where a person is finds that licensed builders and other trades are either too expensive, not available, or are unable to obtain the necessary insurance coverage, becoming an Owner Builder will generally enable the person to overcome these difficulties.
In order to obtain an Owner Builder Permit, you must satisfy these general requirements:
To register and complete the prescribed Owner Builder Course and White Card, select your state above.