Floor sanding


Floor sanding

Is a licence required ?: 

Unless an exception applies, a QBCC contractor licence of the appropriate class is required to carry out or undertake to carry out floor sanding (in isolation or otherwise) for the renovation, alteration, extension, improvement or repair of a building.

However, in some circumstances the work may be exempted from being building work or otherwise requiring a licence under the QBCC Act or its regulation. See next column for common exceptions.


  • Under section 42 of the QBCC Act it is an offence carry out or undertake to carry out building work without a contractor’s licence of the appropriate class, unless the work is exempted in schedule 1A of the Act.
  • Building work is defined in schedule 2 of the QBCC and schedule 1 of the QBCC Regulation.   It includes the erection, construction, improvement, repair or alteration of a fixed structure
Common exceptions: 

Work that is not building work requiring a licence

  • Work personally performed by the owner of land if the work value is $11,000 or less;
  • The total value of the work (including the value of any other building work that is also carried out by the contractor) is $3,300 or less.

Work that is building work but is exempted under the QBCC Act from requiring a contractor licence   

  • An employee of an appropriately licensed contractor;
  • A subcontractor of an appropriately licensed trade contractor;
  • A person in partnership with an appropriately licensed person;
  • A consumer who engages 1 or more licensed contractors to carry out the work if the consumer does not provide building work services for the work;
  • A licensed nominee supervisor or site supervisor if doing something authorised by their licence;
  • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit.
  • A person who enters into a head contract to carry out the work if both (i) the work is to be carried out by an appropriately licensed and (ii) is not residential construction work or domestic building work;

Further exemptions can be found under Schedule 1A QBCC Act and 1 of the QBCC Regulation

Licence classes: 

Licence classes

The following licence classes may undertake this work subject to the limitations of the licence class scope of work: 

  • Builder Low Rise;
  • Builder Medium Rise;
  • Builder Open;
  • Builder Restricted to Kitchens, Bathroom and Laundry;
  • Builder Restricted Structural Landscaping;
  • Structural Landscaping (trade);
  • Floor Finishing and Hard Covering (Hard Sector);
  • Painting and decorating;
  • Painting and decorating excluding applying cement render.

For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

Key Legislation: 

Key legislation includes:

  • Section 42, QBCC Act;
  • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
  • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
  • Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation.