Do you live in or intend to live in a home you wish to build, extend or renovate? Perhaps you would rather manage tradesman to undertake the work instead. Either way, becoming an Owner Builder is the answer.
What is an Owner Builder?
An Owner Builder is someone who takes responsibility for domestic building work carried out on their own land. The Owner Builder is responsible for obtaining Building Permits, supervising or undertaking the building work, and ensuring the work meets building regulations and standards.
Owner Builder Limitations
In Victoria, an Owner Builder can only build or renovate one house every five years and must intend to live in the house once completed.
Some of the obligations of an Owner Builder last for six and a half years after completion of the building work.
If the value of your proposed domestic building work is more than $16000.00 (including labour and materials costs) you will need to apply for a Certificate of Consent from the VBA (Victorian Building Authority) to become an Owner Builder.
Certificate of Consent
The Certificate of Consent enables you to obtain a building permit and carry out domestic building work as an owner builder on your land.
In deciding whether to issue a certificate, the VBA will consider whether the applicant:
Before applying to the VBA for a Certificate of Consent to become an Owner Builder, it is recommended you download the Owner Builder Information & Study Guide from the VBA website. This outline the key information about being an Owner Builder including your duties and responsibilities as an Owner Builder. The next step is completing the eLearning Assessment that must be submitted with your application.
Note: To be able to complete the assessment and proceed to the next step of applying for a Certificate of Consent, you must answer all questions on the assessment accurately (ie: achieve 100% mark). A person’s mark will have a currency for 12 months.
It takes approximately 3 weeks to process an application for a Certificate of Consent assuming all information is provided.