Pallet racking


 Pallet racking

Is a licence required ?: 

Unless an exemption applies, a QBCC contractor’s licence is required to carry out or undertake to carry out the construction, erection, renovation, alteration, extension, improvement or repair of pallet racking if the pallet racking is a fixed structure and the value of the work exceeds $3,300 (including the cost of materials).

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.

Subject to exceptions prescribed in schedule 1 of the QBCC Regulation, building work is defined in the QBCC Act to include the erection, construction, improvement, repair or alteration of building, including a fixed structure.

Undertaking to carry out building work includes contracting to carry out the work, submitting a tender to carry out the work, making an offer to carry out the work.

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.

 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 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 Open;
  • Builder Medium Rise;
  • Builder Low Rise;
  • Structural Metal Fabrication and Erection; and
  • Carpentry.


 The holder of a Non-structural metal fabrication and erection trade contractor licence.  can only carry out building work for pallet racking if the pallet racking is non-structural.Pallet racking is non-structural if it does not form an element or part of a building or structure for a building that carries or transfers a load in addition to its own weight (as opposed to partitions, joinery or finishes).


Key Legislation: 

Key legislation includes:

  • Section 42, QBCC Act;
  • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
  • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
  • Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation;
  • Schedule 3, QBCC Regulation.