Supporting structure for a sign

Work: 

Supporting structure for a sign

Is a licence required ?: 

A QBCC contractor’s licence is not required required to carry out or undertake to carry out the construction, maintenance or repair of a supporting structure for a sign if:

  • (a) the value of building work for the supporting structure is less than $5,000; or
  • (b) the top of the sign or supporting structure, whichever is higher, is less than 3m above the surface immediately below the sign or structure, including, for example, the ground, or a road or path on which an individual may travel, whether in a vehicle, while walking, or in any other way.

Unless a legislated exemption applies (e.g. the work is carried out under an owner-builder permit), in all other circumstances the construction, maintenance or repair of a supporting structure for a sign will require an appropriate class of contractor’s  licence.

Notes

A QBCC contractors licence is only required to carry out or undertake to carry out work that is building work. The above work is exempted from being building work under section 25 of Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation

Common exceptions: 

Work that is not building work requiring a licence

  • the value of building work for the supporting structure is less than $5,000; or
  • the top of the sign or supporting structure, whichever is higher, is less than 3m above the surface immediately below the sign or structure, including, for example, the ground, or a road or path on which an individual may travel, whether in a vehicle, while walking, or in any other way.

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 Open;
  • Builder Medium Rise;
  • Builder Low Rise;
  • Builder Restricted to Special Structures (signs);
  • Carpentry;
  • Structural Metal Fabrication and Erection.

For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence classes.

Key Legislation: 

Key legislation includes:

  • Section 42, QBCC Act;
  • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
  • Schedule 1 section 25, QBCC Regulation.