You must register with the Building Practitioners Board if you work in domestic building in Victoria and either:
- handle a contract worth more than $5000
- reblock, restump, demolish or remove a home, regardless of the value of this work.
You do not have to register with the Building Practitioners Board for jobs that involve only one of the following:
- tiling (wall and floor)
- electrical work
- installing floor coverings
- plumbing, gas-fitting and draining
- attaching external fixtures (awnings, security screens, insect screens and balustrades)
- erecting a chain wire fence around a tennis court
- erecting a mast, pole, antenna, aerial or similar structure.
You must register if you are using a combination of skills (such as plastering and painting) to complete a job.
To register, you must have the required qualifications, knowledge and expertise, and carry domestic building insurance (formerly builders warranty insurance). The board registers individual builders, not businesses and companies.
Building practitioners include:
- building surveyors
- building inspectors (unlimited/limited)
- quantity surveyors
- engineers (civil/mechanical/electrical/fire safety)
- draftspersons (building design - architectural, interior, services)
- commercial builders (unlimited/limited)
- domestic builders (unlimited/limited/manager)
- demolishers (low-rise buildings/medium-rise buildings/unlimited)
- erector or supervisor (temporary structures - Class 1 and 2).
Some categories in the building profession, such as electricians and plumbers, must register with other industry organisations.
View our Becoming a registered building practitioner checklist page.
Last updated: 07/04/2013