Unlicensed builder successfully prosecuted | Queensland Building and Construction Commission

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Recently, the QBCC investigated a complaint from a consumer about failure by an individual to erect a retaining wall and fence, despite quoting for the job and receiving money from the consumer. 

The QBCC issued an infringement notice however the individual instead elected to contest the matter in court. In the Brisbane Magistrates Court, the individual was found guilty of undertaking to carry out building work without holding a contractor’s licence. The court imposed significant penalties including a recorded conviction and a fine of $5,000. Compensation of $9,937 was also awarded to the consumer, and the defendant was ordered to pay legal costs of $1,355.35. 

If you have questions about licensing requirements, please contact the QBCC on 139 333.

If you’re a homeowner looking to engage a building contractor or tradesperson, the QBCC website has a free licence search function which you can use to check to see if the person holds the appropriate QBCC licence.

Last reviewed: 11 May 2022 Last published: 11 May 2022
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