Builder licence

builder carries out work in construction, demolition, alteration, addition, relocation or repair of any building.

A licensed construction manager is the person responsible for managing building work done on a building site or on a building later placed on site.

A licensed fire protection services builder means the person responsible for fire protection services building work done on a building site or a building later placed on site.

A licensed demolisher means the person responsible for demolition building work conducted on a building site.

Eligibility

To hold a builder’s licence you must have a minimum qualification.

  • Builder or construction manager (low rise) - Certificate IV in building and construction (building)
  • Builder or construction manager (medium rise) - Diploma of building and construction (building)
  • Builder (open) - Advanced diploma of building and construction management or building degree
  • Construction manager (open) - Advanced diploma of building and construction management, or building degree, or construction management degree.
  • Fire protection services builder (low rise) – Certificate IV (building fire protection services)
  • Fire protection services builder (medium rise) – Diploma (building fire protection services)
  • Fire protection services builder (open) – Advanced diploma (building fire protection services)

No formal qualifications are required to be a demolisher but evidence of competency is required.

  • Demolisher (low rise) (medium rise) (open) – no formal qualifications are required however extensive evidence of competency to work within the designated scope of work must be provided

Experience required

  • Two years in the scope of work for those applicants with a building trade qualification (carpentry, bricklaying, etc.)
  • Four years in the scope of work for those applicants without a trade qualification.

All building service providers must act only within the area of their competence, as detailed in the Scheme for the Accreditation of Building Practitioners 2008 (pdf, 483.2 KB).

Checklist

  1. Read the information on this licence page so you know what to do and what documents to provide
  2. Read the Personal Information Protection Statement
  3. Provide evidence of your identity (Tasmanian’s and people living interstate / New Zealand) (new application only)
  4. Scan and save (computer or storage device like a USB) a digital copy of your qualifications (new application only)
  5. Scan and save (computer or storage device like a USB) a digital copy of your certificate of currency of insurance (new applications and renewals)
    1. Builder, fire protection services and demolisher ($5 million public liability)
    2. Construction manager needs professional indemnity insurance
      • $500,000 low rise
      • $750,000 medium rise
      • $1 million open
  6. Contract works insurance is needed for a builder when working on a project and may be taken out on an annual or a project-by-project basis.
  7. Contract works insurance is needed by a builder when working on a project and may be taken out on an annual or a project-by-project basis (new application and renewal)
  8. Applicants may be asked to attend an interview at the nearest Consumer, Building and Occupational Services office if requested to do so as part of the application process.  Failure to attend as requested may be considered as non-compliance with the application process and may cause an application to be refused.
  9. Scan and save (computer or storage device like a USB) a digital copy of your Statement of Experience (pdf, 131.4 KB) (new application only) This should be in a summary form completed by the applicant and include:
    1. a list of projects you have worked on
    2. dates
    3. project size in square metres
    4. number of storeys
    5. your role and a third party's contact details for verification
  10. Scan and save (computer or storage device like a USB) a digital copy of two Referee Statements (pdf, 561.5 KB) verifying your experience and competency in the class of work you have applied for (new application only)
    1. Eligibility criteria for referees, the person providing this statement must
      1. be an industry professional, for example an engineer, architect, building surveyor or senior manager or supervisor from an established building firm or;
      2. be licensed at the same, or higher level as that applied for by the applicant; and
      3. have overseen the applicant carrying out the work that is the basis of the reference.
  11. You will need to confirm that you have completed Continuing Professional Development (CPD) (renewal only)
  12. Have a credit card ready to pay for your licence fee online or at any Service Tasmania shop

If your application is successful, you will receive confirmation within 21 days.

Declaration

If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions below, you will need to provide details and copies of all relevant documentation.

  1. Have you in the last 10 years been convicted of a criminal offence (other than a minor traffic offence) or are any court proceedings pending?
  2. Have you ever been disqualified from holding a licence or registration as a building services provider or have you had any occupational licence or certificate cancelled or suspended (including interstate licences, certificates or registrations)?
  3. In respect of any work you have done in an equivalent position, have you ever been fined, reprimanded or cautioned for any breach of rules, professional conduct or code of ethics?
  4. Have you been declared bankrupt or entered into an arrangement with creditors in the last 10 years?
  5. Have you, in the past 10 years, been a director, secretary or a person in a position to control or substantially influence a company's conduct or affairs within 12 months of that company being placed in receivership, administration, official administration, under a deed of company arrangement, in liquidation or wound up for the benefit of creditors?

Apply for your licence

Step 1. Save documents to a computer or a storage device like a USB (see checklist)

Step 2. Select Apply Now (below)

Step 3. Pay the licence fee online or at any Service Tasmania shop

Step 4. Have a photo taken for your licence card at any Service Tasmania shop and prove your identity

Apply Now

Renew your licence

Step 1. Save documents to a computer or a storage device like a USB (see checklist)

Step 2. Select Renew Now (below)

Step 3. Pay the licence fee online or at any Service Tasmania shop

Step 4. If your licence photo has expired, have a photo taken at any Service Tasmania shop

Renew Now

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