Buying or selling an owner built property

After an owner builder permit is issued, notification of the owner builder work is placed on the property title for 7 years. If you're considering buying a property which is being sold within 6 years of owner builder work being completed, the owner must give you a 'notice of owner builder work' before you sign the contract of sale. If you don't receive a notice, we suggest you seek independent legal advice.

Notice of owner builder work

The owner must give you 2 copies of the notice and must sign 1 copy and return it to you on, or before, signing the contract of sale.

The notice must contain:

  • details of the owner building work done under the permit
  • the name of the permit holder who carried out the work
  • a statement confirming the work was done under an owner builder permit
  • the following notice: "Warning – The building work to which this notice relates is not covered by insurance under the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991".


If you re-sell the property within 6 years of the owner builder work being completed, you must give potential buyers the same ‘notice of owner builder work’ before they sign the contract of sale. If you re-sell the property outside of the 6 years, you can remove it upon request. Provide a written request with a current title search no older than 30 days. You may be charged a removal fee.

Search for owner builder work

To see if a current owner builder permit, issued after 21 December 2007, exists on a property, do an Online Licence Search on QBCC’s website (select owner builder in search type option).