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QBCC License for Builders and Trade Contractors

Looking to hire a tradesperson for your renovation or construction project? Always look for contractors registered with the QBCC. It ensures your project is covered by a homeowner warranty and you can get legal help for any issue.

In this article, we discuss the license class, types of licenses, and builders v/s trade contractors licenses.

QBCC License for Builders and Trade Contractors

In Queensland, if you are working as a builder, you need a license from the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC). The QBCC is a statutory authority and regulates the building and construction sector.

License Classes

  1. Builders-Open, Low Rise and Medium Rise
  2. Builders Restricted
  3. Building Design
  4. Completed Residential Building Inspection
  5. Mechanical Services
  6. Trade Contractors

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When you need a license? QBCC

Type of Licenses

  1. Contractor
  2. Site Supervisor
  3. Occupation
  4. Nominee Supervisor

Builders Licence vs Trade Contractors Licence

If you are a builder, trade contractor or sub-trade contractor, you need to apply for a QBCC license. The license classes are different for both. Choose the license class and type depending on your occupation and begin the application process.

Builders License

License Class: Builders license is required if you are building low rise, medium-rise and open buildings.The type of license you need depends on the work you perform.

Builders Scope of Work

Builders - Low Rise

Builders - Medium Rise

Builders - Open

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Trade Contractor License

License Class: If you are involved in roles like cabinet making, concreting, carpentry, drainage, plumbing, gas fitting, stone masonry, roof tiling, etc.

When is QBCC license needed?

In Queensland, you need a QBCC license to carry out:

  • Building work valued over $3300
  • Building work valued over $1100 if it involved Hydraulic Services Design
  • Supervising the building work to ensure the work is of a high standard and complies with the building plans and specifications
  • If you are supervising work related to plumbing and drainage, gas fitting, pest control and fire protection 
  • Building work of any value if it involves:
  1. Drainage and Plumbing
  2. Gas Fitting
  3. Fire Protection
  4. Low rise, medium-rise and open building design
  5. Chemical and Physical Termite Management
  6. Site classification
  7. Residential building inspection

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When is a license required? QBCC

Note: If you have a builders license and you are moving to Queensland, you can get QBCC license through the mutual recognition process.

When is QBCC License NOT required?

  • Owner of the land and the work is valued under $11000
  • Employees of licensed contractors
  • An individual in partnership with licensed contractors
  • A sub-trade contractor working under a licensed contractor
  • Trusts cannot apply for a license
  • If you are working in the following fields:
  1. Asbestos removal
  2. Demolition
  3. Insulation Installer
  4. Handyman ( the work shouldn’t be valued over $3300, electrical or plumbing and shouldn’t require an occupational license
  5. Architect engaged for building design work or building inspections
  6. Electrician

Search for a QBCC License

If you are considering hiring a contractor, always make sure they are licensed with the QBCC. This ensures your home/business is protected and you can claim warranty and legal support for any defective work. You can search for the license of the company here:

Online License Search

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