Selecting a contractor
Who needs to hold a QBCC licence?
In Queensland, individuals and companies must hold a QBCC licence to carry out:
- any building work valued over $3,300
- building work valued over $1,100 where it involves Hydraulic Services Design
- building work of any value where it involves:
- Plumbing and Drainage
- Gas Fitting
- Termite Management – Chemical
- Fire Protection
- Completed Residential Building Inspection
- Building Design – Low Rise, Medium Rise and Open
- Site Classification.
Note: The value of building work includes all labour and material costs, regardless of who supplies the materials.
Carrying out building work
A contractor is carrying out building work if he/she is:
- personally carrying out the work
- directly or indirectly causing the building work to be carried out
- providing administration, advisory, management or supervisory services for building work, including:
- entering into a contract or submitting a tender for building work
- offering (quoting and tendering) to carry out building work
- taking payment or arranging payment of subcontractors
- arranging labour or arranging and conducting on-site meetings and inspections
- preparing plans and specifications
- coordinating the scheduling of work for building contractors even as an agent for another person
- obtaining engineering or soil reports, or arranging for certificates from Local government to be issued etc
- supervising building work
- providing advice or a report for a building
- contracting for work as a subcontractor to a builder.
The scope of work for each QBCC licence class outlines the range of building work for that class.