Choosing to be an owner-builder
Please note: Due to recent legislative changes, the application fee for a Certificate of Consent is $87.28
(This fee change is effective from 1 July 2012).
Doing it yourself can be risky business. Get the facts on being an owner-builder.
Did you know that owner-builder take on all the risks and responsibilities of a registered building practitioner? Before you decide to do-it-yourself, get the facts on being an owner-builder.
Fact: Owner-builders must obtain a Certificate of Consent for any domestic building work with a value over $12,000 in order to obtain a building permit.
Fact: Owner-builders can only obtain a building permit for one home every three years.
Fact: Owner-builders do not build for a profit.
Fact: Owner-builders must be an owner of the land/property.
Fact: Owner-builders must reside and continue to reside, or intend to reside in the property.
An an owner-builder, you should learn about risks associated with:
- Asbestos and renovation, for further information visit EPA website
- Health and safety obligations, for further information visit WorkSafe website
- Understanding your contractual obligations, for further information visit Consumer Affairs website
- Building in a bushfire prone area
- Building a swimming pool
What is an owner-builder?
An owner-builder is defined as a person who constructs or renovates a domestic building on his or her own land, who is not in the business of building.
What is a Certificate of Consent?
A Certificate of Consent is an individual's written approval to act as an owner-builder on their own land in the State of Victoria.
Owners who intend to apply for a building permit for domestic building work as an owner-builder must provide to the relevant building surveyor a Certificate of Consent issued by the Building Practitioners Board.
To apply for a Certificate of Consent you will need to Request an Owner-builder Application Kit.