Which Trades ?
A business that performs any work which contributes to the construction of a building will need to have a “building work contractor’s licence”, often referred to as a “builder’s licence” or “contractor’s licence”, issued by state governments in Australia.
“Building work”, including all work inside and on the outside of the building, including paving, fences, letterboxes.
Trades that perform the following work activities require a building work contractors licence:
ADDITIONS, ALTERATIONS & RENOVATIONS
AIR CONDITIONING INSTALLATION
ALUMINIUM WINDOW & DOOR INSTALLATION
BOARD FIXING & FLUSHING
BRICKLAYING & BLOCKLAYING
EARTHWORKS SITE PREPARATION, EXCAVATION &TRENCHING
FIXING OF CLADDING
INSTALLATION OF CEILING INSULATION
INSTALLATION OF METAL FABRICATEDPRODUCTS
INSTALLATION OF PV SOLAR PANELS
LIGHT STEEL FRAMING
PAINTING AND DECORATING
PERGOLAS & VERANDAHS
RAINWATER TANK INSTALLATION
ROLLER DOORS, ROLLER SHUTTERS AND PANEL LIFT DOOR INSTALLATION
SHEDS & GARAGES
SHOWER SCREENS AND BATHROOM FITTINGS
STAIRS & BALUSTRADES
STRUCTURAL STEEL ERECTION
SWIMMING POOL CONSTRUCTION
TILT PANEL CONSTRUCTION
Exemptions include trades licenced under other regulations including:
- Asbestos Removal – are required to have an Asbestos removal licence
- Plumbers Gasfitters & Electricians (licenced under the Plumbers, Gas Fitters and Electricians Act 1995)
- Pest Controllers (licenced under the Controlled Substances (Pesticides) Regulations 2003 )
- Security Systems (licenced under the Security and Investigation Agents Act 1995)
- SA Housing Trust & Employees & the minister!
- Floor Coverings – Floating Floor Layer, Vinyl Floor Layer, Carpet Layers
Other exemptions include people who are involved with the construction, but not actually building, including:
- Scaffolding (post updated 13/05/2014 )
- delivery drivers.
- Landscaping where no building is involved (i.e. not paving and not building things e.g. retaining walls)
Builders and subcontractors who are sole traders need their own building contractors licence.
Each partner in a partnership needs their own building contractor’s licence.
A company can hold a building contractor’s licence which covers all the employees. (But is does not cover any subcontractors!)
“Every building work contractor must have a registered building work supervisor to properly supervise their building work and ensure that it meets required standards” (from factsheet below).
A supervisor’s licence is recorded as an additional class on a building contractors licence
Fines of up to $20,000 for performing building work without a licence
An information sheet for SA is here:
Business and Trade Licences (SA Govt)