When is a contractor licence required?

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Disclaimer
The information contained in this document is not intended to replace or add to the existing law as stated in the QBCC Act or other legislation. Further, while every effort has been made to ensure that the information in this document is correct, in the event of any inconsistency between this document and the QBCC Act or other legislation, the later prevails. The information in this document is not legal advice.

Work Is a licence required ? Common exceptions Licence classes Key Legislation
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Tactile Indicators

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 Tactile Indicators if the value of the work exceeds $3,300 (including the cost of materials).

Notes

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.

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;
  • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit;
  • 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;
  • 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

 

The following licence classes include some or part of this work within their scope:

  • Builder Open;
  • Builder Medium Rise;
  • Builder Low Rise;
  • Builder Restricted to Structural Landscaping;
  • Builder Restricted to Kitchens, Bathrooms and Laundry;
  • Builder Restricted to Shopfitting;
  • Brick and Blocklaying;
  • Concreting;
  • Carpentry;
  • Non-Structural Metal Fabrication and Erection;
  • Shopfitting (trade);
  • Stonemasonry;
  • Structural Landscaping (trade);
  • Structural Metal Fabrication and Erection;
  • Swimming Pool Construction, Installation and Maintenance;
  • Wall and Floor Tiling.

For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation;
    • Schedule 8, QBCC Regulation.
    Tennis Court or Sports Court

    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 a Tennis court or sports court if the value of the work exceeds $3,300 (including the cost of materials).

    Notes

    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.

    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;
    • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit;
    • 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;
    • 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 person and (ii) is not residential construction work or domestic building work. For example, a head contractor whose licence scope does not include all of the work under the head contract may engage an appropriately licensed subcontractor to carry out the work that is outside the head contractor’s licence.

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

    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.

    A person that holds a contractor licence could also undertake certain aspects or work on a tennis court or sports court within the limitations of their licence.

    Examples

    1. A person that holds a Concreting licence could undertake the concrete slab for a tennis or sports court.

    2. A person that holds a Builder Restricted to Structural Landscaping licence may prepare the site, excavate, lay paving or concrete associated with landscaping relating to a tennis or sports court. Holders of this licence class may also prepare fabricate and erect decking, fences, gate, gazebos, pergolas ornamental structures (including associated concrete slabs, with a floor area of not more than 10m²), and retaining walls and structures.

    3. A person that holds a Structural Landscaping (trade) licence can prepare site and lay paving or concrete for landscaping for a tennis or sports court. The holder of this licence may also prepare, fabricate and erect carports, decking, fences, gazebos, pergolas, retaining walls of a height that do not require an engineering certification under a local law and ornamental structures. This licence also authorises the holder to install prefabricated sheds (including associated concrete slabs), with a floor area of not more than 10m².

    Note:

    Where the court is on or in a building, restrictions apply to the licence class that can carry out this work, for example:

    A person that holds a Builder Medium Rise licence can only undertake building work on or in a building to a maximum of 3 storeys, but not including Type A construction on classes 4-9 buildings.

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence classes.

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation.
    Textured or stencil coatings to concrete

    Unless an exemption applies, a QBCC contractor’s licence is required to carry out or undertake to carry out the construction, renovation, alteration, improvement or repair of textured or stencil coatings to concrete if the value of the work exceeds $3,300 (including the cost of materials).

    Notes

    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.

    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;
    • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit;
    • 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;
    • 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.

    The following licence classes include some or part of this work within their scope:

    • Builder Open;
    • Builder Medium Rise;
    • Builder Low Rise; or
    • Painting and decorating.

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes. 

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 8, QBCC Regulation.
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    Accordion, concertina, or operable walls

    Unless an exemption applies, a QBCC contractor’s licence is required to carry out or undertake to carry out the the construction, erection, renovation, alteration, extension, improvement or repair of an accordion, concertina, or operable wall if 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.

    Notes

    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.

     

    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;
    • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit;
    • 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;
    • 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

    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 Shopfitting;
    • Carpentry;
    • Cabinet Making;
    • Glass Glazing and Aluminium (if metal or glass construction);
    • Non-Structural Metal Fabrication (if metal construction);
    • Shop Fitting (trade);
    • Structural Metal Fabrication (if metal construction);
    • Joinery.

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation;
    • Schedule 8, QBCC Regulation.
    Acrylic coating for floors

    Unless an exemption applies, a contractor’s licence is required to carry out or undertake to carry out acrylic coating for a floor (other than a floating floor) if 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.

     Notes

    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.

    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 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

    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;
    • Painting and Decorating;
    • Painting and Decorating (excluding applying cement render);
    • Floor Finishing and Covering (Hard Sector).

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation;
    • Schedule 8, QBCC Regulation.
    Air Compression Cash Tube Delivery System

    A QBCC contractor’s licence is not required to carry out or undertake to carry out work for an air-compression cash tube delivery system.

    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 27 of of Schedule 1AA, QBCC Regulation.

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1 section 27, QBCC Regulation.
    Air-Conditioning

    Unless an exemption applies, a QBCC contractor licence of the appropriate class is required to carry out or undertake to carry out air-conditioning related work in connection with a building if the value of the work is more than $3,300.  Such work includes the following:

    • Installation of ductwork and enclosures for air-conditioning, air handling and mechanical ventilation systems for a building;
    • Installation, commissioning, servicing or repairing refrigeration, air-conditioning, mechanical ventilation and air handling systems for a building;
    • The preparation of plans and specifications (design work) for the above work.

    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.

    Notes

    • Occupational work

    All contractor licences are subject to the condition that the holder maintains any relevant occupational licence.

    For example, a Refrigerant Handling Licence issued by the Australian Refrigerant Council (ARC) must be held by any person who carries out work in relation to refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) equipment. Carrying out work in relation to RAC equipment means to do anything with a fluorocarbon refrigerant, or a component of RAC equipment, that carries the risk of refrigerant being emitted, including:

    For further information on ARC licensing requirements see: https://www.arctick.org

    •  Electrical work

    The holder of QBCC contractor licence is not authorised under their licence to carry out electrical work.

    All electrical work regulated under the Electrical Safety Act associated with the installation of air-conditioning systems must comply with the requirements in that Act, including licensing requirements.  For further information see https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/electricalsafety (see also Additional Notes – Electricians in next column).

     

    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;
    • Air-conditioning related work in connection with a building to the extent that the work is electrical work regulated under the Electrical Safety Act  (see Additional notes below);

    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;
    • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
    • 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.

    Additional Notes - Electricians

    An electrician licensed under the Electrical Safety Act may carry out the following air-conditioning related work without holding a QBCC contractor licence:

    • Work authorised to be carried out under their licence issued under the Electrical Safety Act;
    • Work that may be carried out without a licence under the QBCC Act because the work is not building work or is otherwise exempt from requiring a contractor licence under schedule 1A of the QBCC Act.

    Under the Electrical Safety Act, electrical work does not include:

    • erecting structures for the support of air-conditioning equipment; or
    • locating, mounting or fixing in place air-conditioning  equipment, other than making or terminating electrical connections to the equipment or installing supply conductors that will connect the equipment to a supply of electricity.

    The carrying out of the above non-electrical work, subject to any exemptions in the QBCC Act or its regulation that may apply (eg the work is valued at less that $3,300), will require a QBCC contractor licence of the appropriate class. 

    In terms of value of work, a licensed electrical mechanic can install air conditioning unit for a building provided the value of the work (excluding the value of the electrical work) is $3,300 or less. In calculating the value of work for determining whether a QBCC contractors licence is required, the value of work includes the value of materials (example, the value of a split system air-conditioning unit that is to be installed and fixed in a building). For further information on the value of work see: Work valued $3,300 or less

     

    Licence classes

    Specialist air-conditioning licences

    • Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Mechanical Services including Limited Design;
    • Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Mechanical Services including unlimited Design;
    • Air Handing Duct Installation.

    Generalist licences

    Generalist licences that include air-conditioning work or aspects of air-conditioning work within their scope:

    • Builder Low rise;
    • Builder Medium rise;
    • Builder Open;
    • Builder Restricted to kitchen, bathroom or laundry;
    • Carpentry;
    • Building design classes;.
    • Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Mechanical Services Limited Design ( Part 48)(excluding construction and installation of cold room);
    • Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Mechanical Services Unlimited Design (Part 47)(excluding construction and installation of cold room).

    Reason: Schedule 2, Part 47 & 48, the scope is limited to install, commission, service and repair of systems) (see scope of work for more detail).

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation;
    • Schedule 8, QBCC Regulation;
    • Section 35(2), QBCC Act.
    Airport runways, taxiways and Aprons

    A QBCC contractor’s licence is not required to carry out or undertake to to carry out work for airports, runways, taxiways or aprons.

    Notes

    A QBCC contractor’s 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 Schedule 1 section 18, QBCC Regulation.

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1 section 18, QBCC Regulation.
    Animal Enclosure

    Unless an exception applies, a QBCC contractor licence of the appropriate class is required to carry out or undertake to carry out the construction, erection, renovation, alteration, extension, improvement or repair of a fixed animal enclosure if the value of the work exceeds $3,300 (including the value of materials).

    Notes

    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

    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;
    • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
    • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit;
    • 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;
    • 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

    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 Structural Landscaping;
    • Carpentry;
    • Structural Landscaping (trade);
    • Structural Metal Fabrication and Erection.

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Regulation;
    • Schedule 1A QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation.
    Annex to a manufactured home (mobile home)

    Unless an exception applies, a QBCC contractor licence of the appropriate class is required for the construction, erection, renovation, alteration, extension, improvement or repair of a fixed annex for a manufactured home (sometimes called a mobile home) if 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.

    Notes

    • Manufactured homes

    The Manufactured Homes (Residential Parks) Act defines a manufactured home as a structure, other than a caravan or tent, that—

    • has the character of a dwelling house; and
    • is designed to be able to be moved from one position to another; and
    • is not permanently attached to land.

    Prior to 2003, manufactured homes were called mobile homes.

    • Other

    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.

    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 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;
    • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit.
    • A licensed nominee supervisor or site supervisor if doing something authorised by their licence;
    • 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

    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;
    • Carpentry;
    • Glass Glazing and Aluminium (if metal or glass construction);
    • Non-Structural Metal Fabrication (if metal construction);
    • Structural Metal Fabrication (if metal construction);
    • Joinery.

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation;
    • Schedule 8, QBCC Regulation;
    • Manufactured Homes (Residential Parks) Act.
    Artificial rocks

    Unless an exception applies, a QBCC contractor licence of the appropriate class is required to carry out or undertake to carry out the construction, erection, renovation, alteration, extension, improvement or repair of a fixed structure made of artificial rocks if the value of the work exceeds $3,300 (including the cost of materials).

    Notes

    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.

     

     

    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;
    • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
    • 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;
    • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit.
    • A licensed nominee supervisor or site supervisor if doing something authorised by their licence;
    • 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

    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 Structural Landscaping;
    • Structural Landscaping (trade);
    • Concreting (concrete rock structure).

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

    Key legislation includes:

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

    Unless an exception applies, a QBCC contractor licence of the appropriate class is required to carry out or undertake to carry out building work for the installation of  audio visual equipment such as a television, sound system or camera requires a licence if:

    • The value of the work  exceeds $3,300 (excluding the value of the appliance and electrical work under Electrical Safety Act); and
    • The audiovisual equipment is a fixed structure.

    Notes

    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.

    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.
    • Electrical work regulated under the Electrical Safety Act (see Additional notes below)

    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;
    • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
    • 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;
    • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit;
    • A licensed nominee supervisor or site supervisor if doing something authorised by their licence;
    • 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

    Additional Notes – Electrical work

    Building work does not include electrical work under the Electrical Safety Act. Accordingly, QBCC contractor licence is not required to carry out electrical work.  Work of this kind is regulated by the Electrical Safety Office.

    Under the Electrical Safety Act electrical work does not include:

    • erecting structures for the support of electrical  equipment; or
    • locating, mounting or fixing in place electrical equipment, other than making or terminating electrical connections to the equipment or installing supply conductors that will connect the equipment to a supply of electricity.

    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 Kitchen, Bathroom and Laundry;
    • Builder Restricted to Structural Landscaping;
    • Builder Restricted to Shopfitting;
    • Carpentry;
    • Joinery;
    • Structural Metal Fabrication;
    • Non Structural Metal Fabrication;
    • Joinery;
    • Shop fitting (Trade).

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

    Key legislation includes:

    • Sections 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1 section 20, QBCC Regulation;
    • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 8, QBCC Regulation.
    Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC)

    Unless an exception applies, a QBCC contractor licence of the appropriate class is required to carry out or undertake to carry out building work with autoclaved aerated concrete if the work is being performed as part of erection, construction, 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. For example concreting work of a value that exceeds $3,300 (including the cost of materials).

     Notes

     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.

     

    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;
    • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit;
    • 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;
    • 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.

     

    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;
    • Concreting;
    • Brick and block;
    • Brick and segmental paving;
    • Foundation work and piling;
    • Carpentry;
    • Restricted builders;
    • Sheds, carports and garages;
    • Shopfitting (trade);
    • Structural landscaping;
    • Swimming pool;
    • Wall and floor tiling.

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence classes.

     

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Regulation;
    • Schedule 8, QBCC Regulation.

     

     

    Awnings

    Unless an exception applies, a QBCC contractor licence of the appropriate class is required to carry out or undertake to carry out the construction, erection, renovation, alteration, extension, improvement or repair of an awning if the value of the work exceeds $3,300 (including the value of materials). 

    Notes

    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.

    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;
    • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
    • 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;
    • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit.
    • A licensed nominee supervisor or site supervisor if doing something authorised by their licence;
    • 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

    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 Shopfitting;
    • Carpentry;
    • Glass Glazing and Aluminium (if metal or glass construction);
    • Non-Structural Metal Fabrication (if metal construction);
    • Shop Fitting (trade);
    • Structural Metal Fabrication (if metal construction);
    • Joinery;
    • Sheds, Carport and Garages (if metal construction on a shed, carport or garage).

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

     

     

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation;
    • Schedule 8, QBCC Regulation.
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    Balustrades

    Unless an exception applies, a QBCC contractor licence of the appropriate class is required to carry out or undertake to carry out the installation of a permanently fixed balustrade if  the value of the work exceeds $3,300 (including the value 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.

    Notes

    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.

    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;
    • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
    • 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;
    • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit;
    • A licensed nominee supervisor or site supervisor if doing something authorised by their licence;
    • 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

    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 Structural Landscaping;
    • Carpentry;
    • Glass Glazing and Aluminium (if metal or glass construction);
    • Structural Metal Fabrication (if metal construction only - no glazing work);
    • Structural Landscaping;
    • Joinery.

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation;
    • Schedule 8, QBCC Regulation.
    Bi-Fold Screens

    Unless an exception applies, a QBCC contractor’s licence is required to carry out or undertake to carry out building work for the installation, renovation, alteration, improvement or repair of bi-fold screens if 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.

    Notes

    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.

    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

    • If the bi-fold screens are insect screens
    • An employee of an appropriately licensed contractor;
    • A subcontractor of an appropriately licensed trade contractor;
    • A person in partnership with an appropriately licensed person;
    • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
    • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit;
    • 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;
    • 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

    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 Structural Landscaping;
    • Carpentry;
    • Glass Glazing and Aluminium;
    • Structural Metal Fabrication;
    • Non-Structural Metal Fabrication (if metal construction);
    • Structural Landscaping (trade);
    • Joinery.

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation;
    • Schedule 8, QBCC Regulation.
    Bikeways and Footpaths (Private Property)

    Unless an exception applies, a QBCC contractor licence of the appropriate class is required to carry out or undertake to carry out the construction, erection, renovation, alteration, extension, improvement or repair of a private bikeway, footpath or boardwalk if the value of the work exceeds $3,300 (including the value 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.

    Notes

    • Bikeway and footpath

    A Bikeway is a path that has as 1 of its main purposes the public use of the path for riding bicycles.

    A Footpath is a path that has as 1 of its main purposes the public use of the path by pedestrian traffic.

    See also public bikeways and footpaths

    • General

    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.

    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;
    • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
    • 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;
    • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit;
    • A licensed nominee supervisor or site supervisor if doing something authorised by their licence;
    • 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

    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 Structural Landscaping;
    • Carpentry;
    • Structural Metal Fabrication;
    • Concreting;
    • Bricklaying and Blocklaying;
    • Brick and Segmental Paving.

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

    Key legislation includes:

    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1 section 15, QBCC Regulation – only relates to public use).
    Bikeways and Footpaths - Public Property

    The construction, maintenance or repair of a public bikeway or footpath / boardwalk (or undertaking to carry out this work) does not require a licence as it is excluded from the definition of building work under Schedule 1 section 15 of the QBCC Regulation.

    Notes

    Bikeway and footpath

    • Bikeway means a path that has as 1 of its main purpose the public use of the path for riding bicycles.
    • Footpath means a path that has a 1 of its main purposes the public use of the path by pedestrian traffic.

    See also private bikeway or footpath

    A QBCC contractor’s licence is only required to carry out or undertake to carry out work that is building work. The work stated above is excluded from the definition of building work under Schedule 1 section 15 of the QBCC Regulation.

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1 section 15, QBCC Regulation.
    Blinds

    A QBCC contractor licence is not required to carry out or undertaken to carry out work for blinds, curtains and internal window shutters.

    Notes

    A QBCC contractor’s 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 Schedule 1AA section 29, QBCC Regulation.

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1AA section 19, QBCC Regulation.
    Boat Ramps /pontoon

    A QBCC contractor licence is not required to carry out or undertake to carry out work for the construction, maintenance or repair of harbours, wharfs and other maritime structures, unless the structures are buildings for residential purposes, or are storage or service facilities.

    Notes

    A QBCC contractor’s licence is only required to carry out or undertake to carry out work that is building work. The work stated above is excluded from the definition of building work under schedule 1, section 19 of the QBCC Regulation

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1 section 19, QBCC Regulation.
    Bollards

    Unless an exception applies, a QBCC contractor licence of the appropriate class is required to carry out or undertake to carry out construction, renovation, alteration, extension, improvement or repair of a bollard if

    • the bollard is located on a driveway, in or on a building, 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.

    Notes

    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.

    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 carried out on a bollard located on a road, a bikeway, footpath, or a tunnel for a road, busway, bikeway or footpath the work is not building work.  (see further notes below)

    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;
    • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
    • 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;
    • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit;
    • A licensed nominee supervisor or site supervisor if doing something authorised by their licence;
    • 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

    Additional Notes – Exemption for bollards on roads, pathways, tunnels etc. 

    road—

    (a) means an area of land—

    (i) whether surveyed or unsurveyed, dedicated, notified or declared to be a road for public use; or

    (ii) whether surveyed or unsurveyed, taken under an Act, for the purpose of a road for public use; or

    (iii) developed, or to be developed, for the public use of driving or riding of motor vehicles; and

    (b) includes—

    (i) a street, esplanade, highway, pathway, thoroughfare, toll road, track or stock route; and

    (ii) a causeway or culvert in, on, or under a road that is associated with the road; and

    (iii) a structure in, on, or under a road that is associated with the road; and

    (c) does not include a driveway.

    driveway means—

    (a) a surface constructed—

    (i) on a private property; and

    (ii) for the purpose of driving or riding of motor vehicles to or from the property and a road; and

    (iii) for which the right to use the surface is restricted to persons with an interest in the property and their invitees; or

    (b) a surface constructed—

    (i) between the boundary of a private property and that part of a road used for the driving or riding of motor vehicles; and

    (ii) for the purpose of driving or riding of motor vehicles to or from the property and the road.

    bikeway—

    (a) means a path that has as 1 of its main purposes the public use of the path for riding bicycles; but

    (b) does not include a path contained within private property.

    footpath—

    (a) means a path that has as 1 of its main purposes the public use of the path by pedestrian traffic; but

    (b) does not include a path contained within private property.

     

    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;
    • Carpentry;
    • Concreting;
    • Structural Metal Fabrication and Erection;
    • Non-Structural Metal Fabrication;
    • Builder Restricted to Shopfitting;
    • Builder Restricted to Structural landscaping;
    • Swimming Pool Construction, Installation and Maintenance.

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1 section 13, QBCC Regulation;
    • Schedule 1 section 14, QBCC Regulation;
    • Schedule 1 section 15, QBCC Regulation;
    • Schedule 8, QBCC Regulation.
    Bridges

    Unless an exception applies, a QBCC contractor licence of the appropriate class is required to carry out or undertake to carry out the construction, erection, renovation, alteration, extension, improvement or repair of bridge on private property if the value of the work exceeds $3,300 (including the value 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.

    Notes

    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.

    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 on public bridges.

    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;
    • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
    • 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;
    • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit;
    • A licensed nominee supervisor or site supervisor if doing something authorised by their licence;
    • 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

    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;
    • Carpentry (timber or metal);
    • Structural Metal Fabrication (metal only);
    • Concreting (Concrete only);
    • Stonemasonary (Stone only).

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

     

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Regulation;
    • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1 section 16, QBCC Regulation.
    Builders carrying out trade work

    The holder of a builder class of licence may do any of the following in regard to work prescribed in the scope of work for their licence:

    • personally carry out the building work,
    • directly or indirectly cause the building work to be carried out,
    • provide building work services for the building work,
    • contract to carry out the building work, including as a subcontractor;
    • Submit an offer or a tender to carry out the building work. 

    The fact that some or all of the above stated building work may also form part of the scope of work of a trade contractor class of licence is an irrelevant consideration.

    Notes

    The scopes of work for all builder class licences are stated in schedule 2 of the QBCC Regulation and are available on the QBCC website under Licence Classes.

    All QBCC licences are subject to the condition if an occupational licence is also required, the holder must hold the relevant occupational licence.

    Not applicable

    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 Rtructural Landscaping;
    • Builder Restricted to Kitchens, Bathrooms and Laundry;
    • Builder Restricted to Shopfitting;
    • Builder Restricted to Special Structures (signs);
    • Builder Restricted to Special Structures (shade sails).

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 35, QBCC Act;
    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Regulation.
    Building certifiers

    A QBCC contractor’s licence is not required to carry out certification work performed by a building certifier under the Building Act 1975 if the work is performed as part of the certifier’s professional practice.

    Notes

    A QBCC contractor’s 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 Schedule 1 section 34,  QBCC Regulation.

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

    • Schedule, 1 section 34, QBCC Regulation;
    • Section 42C, QBCC Act;
    • Building Act.

     

    Busways

    A QBCC contractor’s licence is not required to carry out work for the construction, maintenance, or repair of a busway or a tunnel for a busway.

    Notes

    A QBCC contractor’s 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 13, Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation.

    A “busway” is defined in the QBCC Regulation to mean—

    (a) a route especially designed and constructed for, and dedicated to, the priority movement of buses for passenger transport purposes; and

    (b) places for the taking on and letting off of bus passengers using the busway; and

    (c) a causeway or culvert in, on, or under a busway that is associated with the busway; and

    (d) a structure in, on, or under a busway that is associated with the busway.

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislative includes:

    • Schedule 2 QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1 section 13, QBCC Regulation.
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    Charitable organisations

    Under schedule 1 section 10 of the QBCC Regulation, work performed by a charitable or community organisation for its own use is not building work and does not require a QBCC Act contractor licence if the QBCC gives the organisation written notice that the work can be excluded from the definition building work.

    In considering whether to give the notice, the QBCC must have regard to the qualifications and experience of the persons who are supervising the work. Further, the QBCC cannot give an exclusion for residential construction work.

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1 section 10, QBCC Regulation.
    Cold rooms

    Unless an exception applies, a QBCC contractor licence of the appropriate class is required to carry out or undertake to carry out the construction, erection, renovation, alteration, extension, improvement or repair of a cold room (room only) if the value of the work exceeds $3,300 (including the value 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.

    Notes

    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

    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;
    • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
    • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit;

    • 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;
    • 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

    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;
    • Carpentry;
    • Structural Metal Fabrication;
    • Builder Restricted to Shopfitting;
    • Builder Restricted to Kitchen, Bathroom and Laundry.

    Notes

    The refrigeration (or heating) of a cold room must be undertaken by an appropriately licensed person, a person that holds either a Builder or  Refrigeration, air-conditioning  and mechanical services licence (limited or unlimited design)  may carry out or undertaken to carry out this work.

    A person who holds a Refrigeration, air-conditioning  and mechanical services licence (limited or unlimited design) is not appropriately licensed to carry out or undertake to carry out the construction, erection, renovation, alteration, extension, improvement or repair of a cold room (the room only) if the value of the work exceeds $3,300

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 8, QBCC Regulation.

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    Commercial work contracts

    A person does not require a QBCC licence to enter into a contract to carry out building work if both of the following apply:

    • The building work is not residential construction work or domestic building work; and
    • The building work is to be carried out by a QBCC licensed contractor person who is licensed to carry out the building work.

    Notes

    Schedule 1A of the QBCC Act states specified building work that is exempt from requiring a QBCC contractor licence to carry out or undertake to carry out the work.  Entering into contracts as stated above is exempted under section 8 of Schedule 1A

    It should be noted that an unlicensed person commits an offence under section 42 of the QBCC Act if the contracted work is ultimately not carried out by an appropriately licensed contractor.

    See the Commerical Construction webpage for further information.

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1A section 8, QBCC Act.
    Commercial work tenders

    A person does not require a QBCC licence to tender to carry out building work if both of the following apply:

    • The building work is not residential construction work or domestic building work; and
    • The building work is to be carried out by a QBCC licensed contractor person who is licensed to carry out the building work.

    Notes

    • Schedule 1A of the QBCC Act states specified building work that is exempt from requiring a QBCC contractor licence to carry out or undertake to carry out the work.  Tendering  as stated above is exempted under section 9 of Schedule 1A
    • It should be noted that an unlicensed person commits an offence under section 42 of the QBCC Act if the contracted work is ultimately not carried out by an appropriately licensed contractor.

    See the Commerical Construction webpage for further information.

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1A section 9, QBCC Act.
    Commonwealth Government and agencies

    A QBCC contractor’s licence is not required to carry out the work performed by the Commonwealth or an instrumentality or agency of the Commonwealth.

    However, building work performed by an independent contractor for the Commonwealth or an instrumentality or is not covered by this exemption.

    Notes

    A QBCC contractor’s 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 Schedule 1 section 7, QBCC Regulation.

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1 section 7, QBCC Regulation.
    Communication installations

    A QBCC contractor’s licence is not required to carry out or undertake to carry out work for the construction, maintenance or repair of communications installations performed for a public company or other public body engaged in radio or television broadcasting or in some other form of communications business or undertaking.

    Notes

    A QBCC contractor’s 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 Schedule 1 section 23, QBCC Regulation.

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

    • Schedule 2, QBCC Regulation;
    • Schedule 1 section 23, QBCC Regulation.
    Concrete polishing

    Unless an exception applies, a QBCC contractor licence of the appropriate class is required to carry out or undertake to carry out concrete polishing if the concrete polishing is being performed as part of erection, construction, 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.

    Notes

    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 a 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.

     

    Work that is not building work requiring a licence

    • 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 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;
    • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
    • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit;
    • 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;
    • 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

    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;
    • Concreting;
    • Painting and Decorating.

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence classes.

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation.
    Concrete tilt up or precast panels

    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 a tilt up or precast concrete panel if the value of the work exceeds $3,300 (including the cost of materials).

    Notes

    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.

    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;
    • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit;
    • 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;
    • 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.

     

    The following licence classes include some or part of this work within their scope:

    • Builder Open;
    • Builder Medium Rise; or
    • Builder Low Rise;
    • Concreting;
    • Structural Metal Fabrication and Erection (installation only)*.

    *This licence class is only suitable in circumstances where the tilt up or precast concrete panel is already constructed and ready to be installed, and it is an integral component of the structural steel, that is, where the structural steel supports and or secures the tilt up or precast panel and noting they hold Workplace Health and Safety Queensland licenses.

    Notes

     A person that holds a Builder Medium Rise licence can only undertake building work on or in a building to a maximum of 3 storeys, but not including Type A construction on classes 4-9 buildings

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

    Key legislation includes:

    •  Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1AA, QBCC Regulation;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 8, QBCC Regulation.

     

    Concreting

    Unless an exception applies, a QBCC contractor licence of the appropriate class is required to carry out or undertake to carry out concreting if the work is being performed as part of erection, construction, renovation, alteration, extension, improvement or repair of a building or fixed structure. Concreting includes concrete cutting, spalling or repairs to concrete fixed structures (example, repairing concrete cancer).

    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.

    Notes

    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.

    Work that is not building work requiring a licence

    • 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 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;
    • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
    • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit;
    • 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;
    • 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

    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;
    • Concreting;
    • brick and block;
    • brick and segmental paving;
    • foundation work and piling;
    • Restricted builders;
    • carpentry;
    • sheds, carports and garages;
    • Shopfitting (trade);
    • Structural landscaping;
    • Swimming pool;
    • Wall and floor tiling.

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

    Key legislation includes:

    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act
    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation;
    • Schedule 8, QBCC Regulation.
    Concreting to simple forms

    Unless an exception applies, a QBCC contractor licence of the appropriate class is required to carry out or undertake to carry out concreting (including concreting to simple forms) if the value of the work exceeds $3,300 (including the value 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.

    Notes

    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.

    Work that is not building work requiring a licence

    • 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 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;
    • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
    • 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;
    • 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

    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;
    • Carpentry;
    • Concreting;
    • Brick and Blocklaying.

    Concreting to simple forms includes:

    • formwork that is timber or steel edge form to a maximum of 100mm in depth;
    • slabs (not requiring internal beams and piers).

      and may include:

    • beam thickeners;
    • channels;
    • garden edges;
    • pathways;
    • post holes;
    • simple concrete aprons.

    This means that it does not include the majority of house slabs, as most need internal beams or piers.  There is no  size limit, but design parameters.

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

    Key legislation includes:

    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation;
    • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Regulation.
    Consumers who engage a licensed contractor

    A consumer who engages 1 or more licensed contractors to carry out building work for the consumer does not require a QBCC contractor licence provided they do not provide building work services for work.

    For example, a consumer who engages a licensed builder to build, and carry out all building work services for the construction, renovation, extension or improvement of a new residence does not require a QBCC licence.

    Notes

    • What are building work services for building work?

    Building work services means 1 or more of the following for building work:

    • administration services;
    • advisory services;
    • management services;
    • supervisory services

    For detailed definitions of the above terms, see schedule 2, QBCC Act.

    • Construction management arrangements

    Under the above exemption, a consumer does not require a QBCC contractor licence if as a principal, they enter into construction management trade contracts for building work and engage a construction manager to carry out the building work services for the work.

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1A, section 6, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act.
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    Dams

    A QBCC contractor’s licence is not required to carry out or undertake to carry out work to to construct, maintain or repair a dam  A licence under the Work Health and Safety Act is required.

    Notes

    A QBCC contractor’s 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 Schedule section 22, QBCC Regulation.

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1 section 22, QBCC Regulation.
    Demolition

    Unless an exception applies, a QBCC contractor licence of the appropriate class is required to carry out or undertake to carry out demolition if the demolition is carried out as part of erection, construction, renovation, alteration, extension, improvement or repair of a building.

    Notes

    Work defined as building work in the QBCC Act requires a contractor’s licence to carry out or undertake to carry out the work.  Building work includes the erection, construction, renovation improvement, repair and alteration of a building.  A “building” is defined in the QBCC Act to include not only its ordinary meaning, but also any fixed structure.

    • Work in isolation does not require a licence
    • A licence under the Work Health and Safety Act is required to undertake demolition including asbestos removal

    Work that is not building work requiring a licence

    • 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 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;
    • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
    • 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;
    • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit;
    • A licensed nominee supervisor or site supervisor if doing something authorised by their licence;
    • 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

    Applies to all licence classes

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence classes.

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act.
    Design work by a landscape architect

    A QBCC contractor’s licence is not required to carry out or undertake to carry out design work if all of the following apply:

    • The person carries on business a s a landscape architect; and
    • The person carries out design work, or undertakes to carry out design work, as part of the person’s work as a landscape architect; and
    • The design work is of a type ordinarily carried out as an appropriate or necessary component of a landscape architect’s work.

    Notes

    What is a landscape architect?

    A landscape architect designs outdoor areas, landmarks, and structures to achieve environmental, social-behavioural, or aesthetic outcomes

    Not applicable.

    Not applicable.

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1A, section 5, QBCC Act.
    Driveways

    Unless an exception applies, a QBCC contractor licence of the appropriate class is required to carry out or undertake to carry out the construction, erection, renovation, alteration, extension, improvement or repair of a driveway if the value of the work exceeds $3,300 (including the value 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.  For example, a contractor licence is not required for any part of the work that involves the laying of asphalt or bitumen.

    Notes

    The QBCC Regulation defines a driveway to mean

    (a) a surface constructed—

    (i) on a private property; and

    (ii) for the purpose of driving or riding of motor vehicles to or from the property and a road; and

    (iii) for which the right to use the surface is restricted to persons with an interest in the property and their invitees; or

    (b) a surface constructed—

    (i) between the boundary of a private property and that part of a road used for the driving or riding of motor vehicles; and

    (ii) for the purpose of driving or riding of motor vehicles to or from the property and the road.

    Notes

    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 (eg a driveway).

    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

    The laying of asphalt or bitumen is exempted from being building work under Schedule 1AA section 36, QBCC Regulation.

    Work that is not building work requiring a licence

    • Laying of asphalt
    • 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 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;
    • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
    • 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;
    • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit;
    • A licensed nominee supervisor or site supervisor if doing something authorised by their licence;
    • 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

    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 Structural Landscaping;
    • Carpentry;
    • Concreting;
    • Brick and Blocklaying.

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1A,QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1 section 36, QBCC Regulation;
    • Schedule 8, QBCC Regulation.
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    Earthmoving and excavating/earthwork

    A QBCC contractor’s licence is not required to carry out or undertake to carry out work consisting of earthmoving and excavating.

    Notes

    A QBCC contractor’s 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 Schedule 1 section 32, QBCC Regulation.

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1 section 32, QBCC Regulation.
    Electrical contractors - photovoltaic solar panels

    A QBCC contractor’s licence is not required by the holder of an unrestricted electrical contractor licence under the Electrical Safety Act 2002 to carry out or undertake to carry out work to install, repair or maintain a photovoltaic solar panel.

    Notes

    An unrestricted electrical contractor licence is an electrical contractor licence under the Electrical Safety Act 2002 that does not include any conditions or restrictions.

    A QBCC contractor’s 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 Schedule 1 section 51, QBCC Regulation.

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1 section 51, QBCC Regulation.
    Electrical contractors –solar hot water systems

    A QBCC contractor’s licence is not required by the holder of an electrical contractor licence to  Install, repair or maintain a solar hot water system if all of the following apply:

    • The person holds an unrestricted electrical contractor licence (the electrical contractor) and undertakes to carry out the work for a consumer; and
    • the electrical contractor only carries out the part of the work that is electrical work under the Electrical Safety Act; and
    • that part of the work that is not electrical work under the Electrical Safety Act 2002 (the non-electrical work) is carried out by a person who:
      • holds, a contractor’s licence of the appropriate class for the non-electrical work; and is engaged by the electrical contractor to carry out the non-electrical work.

    Notes

    • An unrestricted electrical contractor licence is an electrical contractor licence under the Electrical Safety Act that does not include any conditions or restrictions.
    • A QBCC contractor’s 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 Schedule 1 section 50, QBCC Regulation.

     

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1, QBCC ;
    • Section 50, QBCC Regulation.
    Electrical mechanics - emergency detection and warning systems

    A QBCC contractor’s licence is not required by a licensed electrical mechanic under the Electrical Safety Act to inspect, test, install or repair a fire detection system, alarm system or emergency warning and communication system for a building.  (See schedule 1 section 21, QBCC regulation).

    Notes

    A QBCC contractor’s 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 Schedule 1AA section 21, QBCC Regulation.

    • Requirement to hold a fire protection occupational licence in some circumstances

    While a QBCC contractor licence is not required, under section 42C, QBCC Act a licensed electrical mechanic can only personally carry out or personally supervise the above stated work if one of the following apply:

    • The work is authorised to be personally carried out or personally supervised under a licence, registration or authorisation held under the Electrical Safety Act or another Act; or
    • For extra low voltage work only, the licensed electrical mechanic is authorised to carry out the work under a fire protection occupational (or contractor) licence issued under the QBCC Act; or
    • For extra low voltage work only, the licensed electrical mechanic personally supervises or carries out the work as an employee of a licensed QBCC Act contractor who holds a relevant contractor class of licence for the work. ((see section 42C of QBCC Act and see schedule 4, QBCC Regulation).

    Not applicable

    Licence classes

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

    • Fire Detection, Alarm and Warning Systems - Install and Maintain Extra Low Voltage;
    • Fire Detection, Alarm and Warning Systems - Maintain Extra Low Voltage.
    • Fire Detection, Alarm and Warning Systems (occupational) - Install and Maintain Extra Low Voltage;
    • Fire Detection, Alarm and Warning Systems (occupational) - Maintain Extra Low Voltage;

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Section 42C, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1 section 21 QBCC Regulation;
    • Schedule 3, Part 9, QBCC Regulation;
    • Schedule 4, section 5 QBCC Regulation.
    Electrical mechanics - inspect and test of emergency lighting systems

    A QBCC contractor’s licence is not required to carry out work by a licensed electrical mechanic under the Electrical Safety Act 2002 to inspect and test an emergency lighting system for a building.

    However, a licensed electrical mechanic who does not hold a QBCC contractor licence of the appropriate class cannot personally carry out or personally supervise the work unless  they either:  

    • hold a Emergency Lighting fire occupation licence of the appropriate class under schedule 3 of the QBCC Regulation; or
    • personally supervise or carry it out as an employee of a licensed QBCC Act contractor who holds a relevant contractor class of licence for the work.

    Notes

    • Contracting for emergency lighting inspect and test work to be carried out

    A licensed electrical mechanic who does not hold a QBCC contractor or fire protection occupational licence of the relevant class is able to contract to inspect and test an emergency lighting system work and also cause it to be carried out by an appropriately QBCC licensed individual. They cannot, however, personally supervise or personally carry it out themselves.

    • What does inspecting and testing of an emergency lighting system involve?

    This type of work involves inspecting and testing emergency lighting systems to provide a level of illumination for safe evacuation in a fire emergency, provide identification of exits and paths of travel to an exit, and to safeguard occupants by making them aware of the fire emergency.

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Section 42C, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation;
    • Schedule 3 part 10, QBCC Regulation;
    • Schedule 4 section 16, QBCC Regulation.
    Electrical work

    The carrying out of electrical work under the Electrical Safety Act does not require a QBCC contractor licence. This work is regulated and licensed by the Electrical Safety Office.

    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 Schedule 1 section 20, QBCC Regulation.

    Notes

    • Fire protection occupational licence requirements

    A fire protection occupational licence is not required for any electrical or other work authorised to be carried out under a licence, registration or authorisation under the Electrical Safety Act.  (See section 42C, QBCC Act).

    • Electrical Safety Office

    For additional information on work that may be carried out under a licence issued under Electrical Safety Act, please contact the Electrical Safety Office.

    https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/electricalsafety

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Section 42C, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1 section 20, QBCC Regulation.
    Employees of licensed contractors

    An unlicensed person who carries out, in the course of employment, building work for which the person’s employer holds a licence of the appropriate class is not required to hold a QBCC contractor’s licence.

    However, while an employee does not require a contractor's licence to carry out this work they must comply with any licensing requirements (such as occupational or supervisory) in the QBCC Act or other legislation. For example an employee who carries out plumbing and drainage work regulated under the Plumbing and Drainage Act must comply with the occupational licensing requirement in that Act.

    Notes

    An employee who holds a nominee supervisor's licence, site supervisor's licence or a fire protection occupational licence is not required to hold a QBCC contractor licence for any work that is permitted to be carried out under their  licence.

    An employee who personally carries out or personally supervises fire protection work for an appropriately licensed contractor must hold:

    • a fire protection occupational licence or fire protection contractor licence of the appropriate class; or
    • a licence, registration, or authorisation under the QBCC Act or another Act that authorises the person to do the work.

     

     

    Not applicable

    Applies to all licence classes

     

     

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Section 42C, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1A sections 1 and 7, QBCC Act.
    Energy Efficiency Assessment

    A QBCC contractor’s licence is not required to carry out or undertake to carry out work to assess the energy efficiency of a building.

    Notes

    A QBCC contractor’s 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 Schedule 1 section 42, QBCC Regulation

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

    • Schedule 1, section 42, QBCC Regulation;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act.
    Engineering services

    A QBCC contractor’s licence is not required by a person registered as a professional engineer under the Professional Engineers Act 2002, to perform work in their professional practice.

    Notes

    • Fire protection occupational licence requirements

    A registered professional engineer does not require QBCC fire protection contractor licence or fire protection occupational licence to personally carry out or personally supervise fire protection work if the work is authorised to be carried out under their registration under the Professional Engineers Act 2002.

    The reason for this is that section 42C (Unlawful carrying out of fire protection work) of the QBCC Act does not impose a requirement to hold an occupational fire protection licence if the individual is authorised to carry out fire protection work under another Act.

    Board of Professional Engineers

    See: http://www.bpeq.qld.gov.au/

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Section 42C, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1 section 5, QBCC Regulation;
    • Professional Engineers Act.

     

    Epoxy Floors

    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 epoxy floors if the value of the work exceeds $3,300 (including the cost of materials).

    Notes

    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.

    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;
    • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit;
    • 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;
    • 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.

     

    The following licence classes include some or part of this work within their scope:

    • Builder Open;
    • Builder Medium Rise;
    • Builder Low Rise; or
    • Builder Restricted to Shopfitting;
    • Builder Restricted to Kitchens, Bathroom and Laundry;
    • Builder Restricted to Structural Landscaping;
    • Painting and Decorating;
    • Floor Finishing and Covering;
    • Waterproofing.

    Key legislation includes:

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

    A QBCC contractor’s licence is not required to carry out work for a farm building.

    A farm building is defined in the QBCC Regulation to mean a building:

    (a) on land used wholly or primarily for agricultural or pastoral purposes; and

    (b) used, or intended to be used, for agricultural or pastoral purposes; and

    (c) that has a completed value of not more than $27,500; and

    (d) that is not a residence.

    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 Schedule 1 section 1, QBCC Regulation.

     

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

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

    A QBCC contractor’s licence is not required to carry out work for a farm fence.

    Notes:

    • A farm fence is defined in the QBCC Regulation to mean a fence:
    • on land used wholly or primarily for agricultural or pastoral purposes and
    • used, or intended to be used, for agricultural or pastoral purposes
    • A gate or grid associated with a farm fence is part of the farm fence.

    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 Schedule 1 section 1, QBCC Regulation.

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

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

    Unless an exception applies, a QBCC contractor licence of the appropriate class is required to carry out the erection, construction, renovation, alteration, extension, improvement or repair of a fence (including a gate that forms part of a fence).

    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.For example the construction of a farm fence or temporary fence is exempted from being building work requiring a licence. See next column for common exceptions.

    Notes

    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 (eg a fence).

    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

    Work that is not building work requiring a licence

    • 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 personally performed by the owner of land if the work value is $11,000 or less;
    • Work for a fence (of any value) that is personally performed by an owner of land if the fence:
      • is no higher than 2m above the fence’s natural ground surface; and
      • is not for a regulated pool.
    • a fence (including a gate or grid for the fence):
      • on land used wholly or primarily for agricultural or pastoral purposes; and
      • used, or intended to be used, for agricultural or pastoral purposes;

    Construction, maintenance or repair of a strand wire fence with no concrete footing.  (A strand wire fence is a structure serving as an enclosure, barrier or boundary made of posts, pickets or stakes joined together by strands of wire).

    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;
    • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit;
    • 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;
    • 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

    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;
    • Carpentry;
    • Builder Restricted Structural Landscaping;
    • Structural Landscaping Trade*;
    • Brick and Blocklaying;
    • Structural Metal Fabrication;
    • Non-Structural Metal Fabrication;
    • Stonemasonry.

    Notes

    *The scope of work for a structural landscaping trade licence does not include work for a gate unless the gate forms part of a fence.

    Definition of wall - vertical construction that bounds or subdivides a space and usually fulfils a loadbearing or retaining function.

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1 sections 1, 2,33,49, QBCC Regulation;
    • Standards Australia, Glossary of Building Terms;
    • Schedule 1, Building Regulation.
    Fire damper assemblies

    Unless an exception applies, a contractor licence of the appropriate class is required to install, restore, repair or maintain fire damper assemblies.

    The subject work is also fire protection work.  The effect of this is that the holder of the appropriate contractor licence must personally carry out the work themselves or ensure the work is personally performed by another individual who holds an appropriate contractor licence.

    Notes

    • Occupational licence not available

    While the subject work is fire protection work under the QBCC Act, there is no fire protection occupational licence available for the work. The work must therefore be undertaken by an individual who holds an appropriate contractor licence.

    • Licensed builders may personally carry out the work.

    The work can be carried out, including personally carried out, by the holder of a relevant builder class of licence. This is because the fire protection work exclusion in the builder class scope of work applies only to work that falls within the scope of a fire protection licence.   Fire damp assembly related work does not fall within a scope of work of a fire protection licence.

     

    Work that is not building work requiring a contractor licence

    • Provided the work itself is personally carried out and supervised by an appropriately licensed contractor, the following exemptions commonly apply for other aspects of carrying out the work (e.g. causing it to be carried out or contracting for it to be carried out)
    • The value of the work is $3,300 or less;

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

    • A consumer who engages 1 or more appropriately licensed contractors to carry out the work in the above dot points, if the consumer does not provide building work services for the work;
    • 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;
    • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit.

    Further potential exemptions can be found under Schedule 1A QBCC Act , section 42C of the QBCC Act (for  students, trainees and the like) and schedule 1 of the QBCC Regulation.

    Specialist licence classes

    A fire damper is part of the installation of a ducted air conditioning system.

    Within any relevant restrictions in their scope of work, specialist air-conditioning licences that may carry out (including inspect and test) fire damper assembly work are:

    • Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Mechanical Services including Limited Design;
    • Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Mechanical Services including unlimited Design;
    • Air Handing Duct Installation.

    Generalist licences

    Within any relevant restriction in their scopes of work, generalist licences that may carry out fire damper assembly work include:

    • Builder Low Rise;
    • Builder Medium Rise;
    • Builder Open;
    • Builder Restricted to Kitchen, Bathroom or Laundry.

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

    Key legislation includes:

    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Section 30, QBCC Act;
    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
    • Schedules 2, QBCC Regulation.
    Fire doors and shutters – Licensed carpenters

    The scope of work for a Part 16 Carpentry licence under schedule 2 of the QBCC Regulation allows the holder to personally install, renovate or restore a fire door or fire shutter.

    However, a licensed carpenter cannot “inspect and test” or “certify” a fire door or shutter.

    Notes

    • No requirement for a fire protection occupational licence

    The holder of a QBCC Carpentry trade contractor licence is not required under the QBCC Act to hold a fire protection occupational licence to personally carry out or personally supervise the installation, renovation  or restoration of a fire door or shutter (see section 42C, QBCC Act).

    • Unlicensed individuals with carpentry qualifications

    An individual who holds the technical qualification for a Carpentry (Part 16, QBCC Regulation) contractor licence, but does not hold the licence itself, can personally carry out/supervise the installation or maintenance of a fire door or fire shutter for a building if they perform the work as an employee of a QBCC licensed contractor who holds a relevant class of licence for the work.  

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

    • Schedule 2 Part 16, QBCC Regulation;
    • Section 42c, QBCC Act;
    • Section 30,
    • Schedule 2 of the QBCC Act.
    Fire doors and shutters – Licensed joiners

    The scope of work for a Joinery licence allows the holder to personally manufacture, assemble and fit components for a fire door or fire shutter.

    However, a licensed joiner cannot “inspect and test” or “certify” a fire door or shutter.

    Notes

    • Fire protection occupational licence – not required

    The holder of a QBCC joinery trade contractor licence is not required under the QBCC Act to hold a fire protection occupational licence to personally carry out or personally supervise the manufacture, assembly or fitting of components for a fire door or fire shutter.

     

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

     

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42C, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2 part 39, QBCC Regulation;
    • Schedule 2 of the QBCC Act.
    Fire protection work carried out by a licensed builder

    Holders of the below classes of builder contractor licence are authorised under the QBCC Regulation to carry out fire protection work (within the scope of their licence), provided they do not personally carry it out.

    • Builder Open;
    • Builder Medium Rise;
    • Builder Low Rise;
    • Builder Restricted to Kitchen, Bathroom and Laundry Installation;
    • Builder Restricted to Shopfitting;
    • Builder Restricted to Special Structures;
    • Builder Restricted to Structural Landscaping.

    The fire protection work, however, can be personally carried out for the holder of a builder class of licence by either of the following:

    • an employee of the builder who holds an appropriate class of fire protection occupational licence or contractor licence that allows them to personally carry out the work; or
    • a subcontractor of the builder who holds the appropriate class of fire protection contractor licence or another contractor class of licence that allows them to personally carry out the  work.

    Notes

    Fire protection work includes the installation, restoration, repair or maintenance of fire doors, fire shutters and fire dampers.  The holder of the above builder classes of licence cannot personally carry out this work.

     

    The holder of a builder contractor licence can personally carry out fire protection work if they hold another class of contractor licence or a fire protection occupational licence that allows them to personally carry out the work.

    For example, if the licenced builder also holds a Carpentry licence they are authorised under the scope of work for the Carpentry licence to install, restore and renovate fire doors and fire shutters.      

    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 Kitchen, Bathroom and Laundry Installation;
    • Builder Restricted to Shopfitting;
    • Builder Restricted to Special Structures;
    • Builder Restricted to Structural Landscaping.

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence classes

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 30C, QBCC Act;
    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Section 42C,QBCC Act ;
    • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Regulation.

     

    Fire Protection work on a mine site

    Fire protection work regardless of where it is carried out requires the person who performs the work to hold a licence, registration or authorization under an Act to do the work.

    For example, under the QBCC Act, a person may perform fire protection work on a mine if they hold an appropriate fire protection occupational licence.

    It should be noted however that the QBCC Act, does not require a person who carries out construction work in mining, including fire protection work, to hold a contractor licence.

    Notes:

    Under section 42C of the QBCC Act it is an offence for an individual to personally carry out or personally supervise fire protection work unless the individual holds a fire protection occupational licence or otherwise holds a licence, registration or authorization under the QBCC Act or another Act to do this work.     

     Not applicable

    A contractor licence is not required.

    Fire protection occupational licence classes issued under the QBCC Act are prescribed in Schedule 3 Regulation.

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence classes.

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 3, QBCC Reg.
    Fire safety adviser

    A fire safety adviser undertaking work or other acts authorised under the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008 does not require a contractor licence or a fire protection occupational licence under the QBCC Act.

    Notes

    • The work of a fire safety adviser does not require a contractor licence due to the operation of section 47 of schedule 1, QBCC Regulation.  
    • Section 42C of the QBCC Act does not impose a requirement to hold an occupational fire protection licence if the person is authorised to carry out fire protection work under another Act.

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

    • Schedule 1 section 47, QBCC Regulation;
    • Section 42C, QBCC Act;
    • Building Fire Safety Regulation.
    Fireplace

    Unless an exception applies, a QBCC contractor licence of the appropriate class is required to carry out the installation, repair, restoration, or maintenance of a brick fireplace (including the chimney flu) if the value of the work exceeds $3,300 (including the value 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.

    A fire protection occupational licence is not required to personally carry out or personally supervise this work.

    Notes

    • Work defined as building work in the QBCC Act requires a contractor’s licence to carry out or undertake to carry out the work.  Building work includes the erection, construction, renovation improvement, repair and alteration of a building.  A “building” is defined in the QBCC Act to include not only its ordinary meaning, but also any fixed structure.
    • The installation, repair, restoration, or maintenance of a brick fireplace is not fire protection work under the QBCC Act.  This is because a brick fireplace is not defined as a fire protection system under schedule 2 of the QBCC Act.  Accordingly, the QBCC Act does not impose occupational licensing requirements for this work.

    Work that is not building work requiring a licence

    • 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 under an owner-builder permit;
    • 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;
    • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
    • 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;
    • 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

    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;
    • Bricklaying and Blocklaying;
    • Stonemasonry;
    • Carpentry.

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 30, QBCC Act;
    • Sections 42 and 42C, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act (definitions of “fire protection work” and “fire protection system”);
    • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Regulation.
    Floating Floors

    A QBCC contractor’s licence is not required to carry out or undertake to carry out work to lay carpet, a floating floor or vinyl.

    Notes

    A floating floor is a floor that covers a subfloor but is not fixed to the subfloor. For example a floor that is glued or nailed to the subfloor is not a floating floor.

    A QBCC contractor’s 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 Schedule 1 section 30, QBCC Regulation.

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

    • Schedule 1 section 30 QBCC Regulation;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act.
    Floor sanding

    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.

    Notes

    • 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

    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

    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 includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation.
    Form 15/16 – Inspection work other than fire protection work

    The provision of inspection help or design specification help to a building certifier under the Building Act 1975 is not building work governed by the QBCC Act (excluding where the help if fire protection work).  A QBCC contractor licence is therefore not specifically required under the QBCC Act to provide such help (eg form 15 or 16). 

    Under the Building Regulation, the building certifier (not the QBCC) must assess whether an  individual is competent to be able to give the help. In making the assessment regard is had to the individual’s experience, qualifications and skills to give the help. 

    Notes

    • Work defined as building work in the QBCC Act requires a contractor licence to carry out or undertake to carry out the work.  The reason is that the certification functions performed by a building certifier are not building work under the QBCC Act and its Regulation, Schedule 1 s34.  The act of helping a person to carry out work that is not building work, unless expressly provide for in the QBCC Act, is also not building work.

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1 section 34 QBCC Regulation;
    • Section 18, Building Regulation;
    • Section 19, Building Regulation.
    Form 16 – Fire Protection Work Inspection Help.

    If the provision of inspection help or design specification help to a building certifier under the Building Act 1975 is also fire protection work, an individual   who provides the help must hold a one of the following:

    • A QBCC contractor licence of the appropriate class,
    • QBCC fire protection occupational licence of the appropriate class;
    • a licence registration, or other authorisation under an Act that authorises the provision of the  help.

    Notes

    The licensing requirements stated above are required by section 42C of the QBCC Act.

    Regardless of whether an individual holds an appropriate licence, registration or authorisation as required by section 42C, under the Building Regulation, the building certifier (not the QBCC) must still assess whether an  individual is competent to be able to give the help.  In making this assessment the building certifier will have regard to the individual’s experience, qualifications and skills to give the help.   

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

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

     

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    Giving of free advice by industry associations.

    A QBCC contractor’s licence is not required for the giving of free advice by an organisation the membership of which is drawn wholly or predominantly from the building industry.

    Notes

    A QBCC contractor’s 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 Schedule 1 section 3, QBCC Regulation.

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1 section 3, QBCC Regulation.
    Glass fencing

    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 a glass fence if the value of the work exceeds $3,300 (including the cost of materials).

    Notes

    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.

    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;
    • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit;
    • 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;
    • 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

     

    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 Structural Landscaping;
    • Swimming Pool Construction;
    • Glass, Glazing and Aluminium (glazing only);
    • Structural Landscaping (trade);
    • Carpentry (timber and steel structure excluding glazing).

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence classes.

    Key legislation includes:

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

    Unless an exception applies, a QBCC contractor licence of the appropriate class is required to carry out or undertake to carry out the construction, erection, renovation, alteration, extension, improvement or repair of gutters if the value of the work exceeds $3,300 (including the value of materials).

    Notes

    Work defined as building work in the QBCC Act requires a contractor’s licence to carry out or undertake to carry out the work.  Building work includes the erection, construction, renovation improvement, repair and alteration of a building.  A “building” is defined in the QBCC Act to include not only its ordinary meaning, but also any fixed structure.

    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;
    • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
    • 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;
    • 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

    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;
    • Structural Metal Fabrication;
    • Carpentry;
    • Roof and Wall Cladding.

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence classes

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation.
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    Height safety systems and Anchor points

    Unless an exemption applies, a QBCC contractor’s licence is required to carry out or undertake to carry out the construction, erection, alteration, extension, improvement or repair of height safety systems or anchor point if the value of the work exceeds $3,300 (including the cost of materials).

    Notes

    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 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;
    • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit;
    • 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;
    • 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.

    The following licence classes include some or part of this work within their scope:

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

     Persons who undertake this work may be required to hold other licenses or permits from other regulatory bodies.

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

    Key legislation includes:

    •  Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation;
    • Schedule 8, QBCC Regulation.

     

     

    Hot water bladders for swimming pools

    Unless an exception applies, a contractor licence of the appropriate class is required to carry out or undertake to carry out the erection, renovation, alteration, extension, improvement or repair of a water tank, if the bladder is a fixed structure.

    Examples of when a water bladder is a fixed structure include if it is: 

    • attached to the ground (other than by its own weight);
    • physically attached or connected to a building,  including for example connected to the stormwater system for the  building;
    • attached to a supporting structure that is a fixed structure.

    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.

    Notes

    • Supporting structures

    Work for a supporting structure for a water tank that is itself a fixed structure (notwithstanding that the water tank may not be attached to it other than by its own weight), is also building work requiring a QBCC contractor licence (unless an exemption applies).

    • Water bladder partly dug into the ground

    Work for a water tank that is only connected to the ground through its own weight, including partly dug into a whole in the ground and nothing more, is not building work requiring a licence as the water tank is not a fixed structure.

    • A building includes any fixed structure

    The QBCC Act regulates and provides licensing requirements for various work for a building. A building is defined in schedule 2 of the QBCC Act to include “any fixed structure”.  A water tank connected to the stormwater system for a building is an example given in definition of a “building” in schedule 2 of the QBCC Act.

    Work that is not building work requiring a licence

    • 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 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;
    • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
    • 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;
    • 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

    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;
    • Structural Metal Fabrication;
    • Concreting;
    • Carpentry.

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence classes.

    Key legislative includes:

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

    What is incidental work?

    There are number contractor licence classes that allow the holder to carry out “incidental work” in their scope of work.  For these classes of licence the holder may carry out building work that is within the scope of another class of contractor licence if both of the following apply:

    • The building work is incidental to the building work being carried out under their licence (“incidental work”); and
    • The incidental work is valued at $3,300 or less.

    Who can carry out incidental work?

    • Incidental building work other than fire protection work or occupational work

    If a licence class allows for incidental work of $3,300 or less to be carried out and the building work is not fire protection work or occupational work , it may be carried out by:

    • the licensee; or
    • another licensee who holds a contracror licence to carry out the work (e.g. an appropriately licensed subcontractor).
    • Incidental occupational work

    If the incidental work valued at $3,300 or less is building work that requires an occupational licence (e.g. gas fitting work), it must be carried out by a licensed contractor who holds the occupational licence.

    • Incidental work requiring a fire protection licence   

    If the incidental work valued at $3,300 or less is work requiring a fire protection licence, it must be carried out by the holder of a fire protection contractor or occupational licence of the appropriate class.

    Not applicable

    Licence classes

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

    • Air handling Duct Installation;
    • Brick and Segmental Paving;
    • Bricklaying and Blocklaying;
    • Cabinetmaking;
    • Carpentry;
    • Concreting;
    • Plumbing and Drainage;
    • Drainage;
    • Irrigation;
    • Floor Finishing and Covering (hard sector);
    • Foundation work (piling and anchors);
    • Glass, Glazing and Aluminium;
    • Joinery;
    • Structural Metal Fabrication and Erection;
    • Metal Fascias and Gutters;
    • Roof and Wall Cladding;
    • Painting and Decorating;
    • Plastering Drywall;
    • Plastering solid;
    • Sheds Carports and Garages;
    • Shop Fitting (trade);
    • Steel Fixing;
    • Stonemasonry;
    • Structural Landscaping (trade);
    • Roof Tiling;
    • Wall and FloorTiling.

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence classes.

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 7, QBCC Regulation;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Regulation;
    • Schedule 3, QBCC Regulation.
    Insect screens

    A QBCC contractor licence is not required to carry out work to install insect screens other than:

    • a screen used for security; or
    • a screen used for a particular material or system designed for the prevention of termite infestation.

    Notes

    A QBCC contractor’s 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 Schedule 1 section 45, QBCC Regulation.

    Under the QBCC Regulation, an insect screen does not include a screen used for security or a screen used for a particular material or system designed for the prevention of termite infestation. The installation of a security screen or a screen for termite protection will require a contractor licence of the appropriate class (subject to any exemptions that may apply).

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1
    • Section 45, QBCC Regulation.
    Installation of manufacturing equipment

    A QBCC licence is not required to carry out or undertake to carry out the installation of manufacturing equipment or equipment for the hoisting, conveying or transporting materials  or products, including luggage, mail or primary produce, (but excluding the installation of fixed structures providing shelter for the equipment).

    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 27. Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation.

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

    • Schedule 1 section 27, QBCC Regulation;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act.
    Insulation

    A contractor’s licence under the QBCC Act is not required to carry out work for the preparation or installation of insulation for acoustic or thermal control.

    Notes

    A QBCC contractor’s 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 Schedule 1 section 40, QBCC Regulation.

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1 section 40, QBCC Regulation.
    Interior design

    A QBCC contractor’s licence is not required to carry out work for either of the following:

    • Preparation of plans or specifications for building work for the interior design of a building if the work does not relate to a part of the building that is load-bearing or a structural member; or
    • Contract administration for the interior design of a building.

    Notes

    A QBCC contractor’s 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 41, Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation.

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1 section 41, QBCC Regulation.
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    Labour hire

    A contractor licence of the appropriate class is required by a labour hire company if the company carries out or undertakes to carry out building work and an exemption in schedule 1A of the QBCC Act does not apply. 

    A labour hire company will carry out or undertake to carry out building work if it does any of the following:

    • personally carry out building work,
    • directly or indirectly cause the building work to be carried out,
    • provide administration services for building work including arranging payment of subcontractors;
    • provide management services, supervisory services or advisory for building work,
    • contract to carry out the building work, including as a subcontractor;
    • Submit an offer or a tender to carry out building work.

    Notes 

    It is an offence under section 42 of the QBCC Act for person (including a company) to carry out, or undertake to carry out building work unless the person holds a contractor licence of the appropriate class under the Act (unless an exemption under schedule 1A of the QBCC applies).

     

    Work that is not building work requiring a licence

    • 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 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

    Please note that the class of licence required will depend on the nature of the work provided

    (Example; A labour hire company providing a service for carpentry will only require a Carpentry licence, however if they are providing a variety of different trades that would require a Builder class licence).

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence classes.

     

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act.
    Lifts and Elevators for conveying people

    Unless an exception applies, a QBCC contractor licence of the appropriate class is required to carry out or undertake to carry out the construction, erection, renovation, alteration, extension, improvement or repair of lifts and elevators for a building if the value of the work exceeds $3,300 (including the value of materials).

    Notes

    Work defined as building work in the QBCC Act requires a contractor’s licence to carry out or undertake to carry out the work.  Building work includes the erection, construction, renovation improvement, repair and alteration of a building.  A “building” is defined in the QBCC Act to include not only its ordinary meaning, but also any fixed structure.

    Work that is not building work requiring a licence

    • Work under an owner-builder permit;
    • 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;
    • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
    • 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;
    • 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

    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;
    • Structural Metal Fabrication.

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence classes.

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1 section 27, QBCC Regulation.
    Line marking

    A QBCC contractor’s licence is not required to carry out or undertake to carry out work consisting of line marking.

    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 46 of Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1 section 46, QBCC Regulation.
    Local Government

    A QBCC contractors licence is not required to carry out or undertake to carry out work performed by a local government.

    However, building work performed by an independent contractor for a local government is not covered by this exemption.

    A QBCC contractor’s 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 Schedule 1 section 9, QBCC Regulation.

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1 section 9, QBCC Regulation.
    Locksmith

    A QBCC contractors licence is not required to carry out work or undertake to carry out work  usually performed by a locksmith, whether performed by a locksmith or another person.

    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 39, Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1 section 39, QBCC Regulation.
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    Mining

    A QBCC contractors licence is not required to carry out or undertake to carry out construction work in mining.

    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 28. Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation.

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

    • Schedule 1 section 28, QBCC Regulation;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act.
    Monuments, fountains and other works of art

    A QBCC contractors licence is not required to carry out or undertake to carry out work consisting of monumental masonary, sculpture, or the erection or construction  of statues, fountains or other works of art, other than work affecting the structure of a building.

    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 31. Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation.

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1, section 31, QBCC Regulation.
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    Nominee supervisor

    The holder of a nominee supervisor’s licence does not require a QBCC contractor licence to do something permitted under their nominee supervisor’s licence.

    The above work is exempted from requiring a licence under Schedule 1A, section 7, QBCC Act.

    See Licence Types for further information on what is permitted under different types of licences.

    Not applicable

    Applies to all classes of nominee supervisor licence

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence classes.

     

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1A, section 7, QBCC Act.
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    Office fit out

    Unless an exception applies, a contractor licence under the QBCC Act is required to carry out or undertake to carry out an office fit out to the extent that it involves  construction, erection, 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 comon exceptions.

    Notes

    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.

    Work that is not building work requiring a contractor licence

    • The total value of the work is over $3,300 (excluding work that is a zero dollar value – see definition of value) ;

    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;
    • 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

    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 Shopfitting;
    • Shopfitting (Trade);
    • Carpentry;
    • Structural Metal Fabrication;
    • Joinery.

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence classes.

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation.
    On-Site Sewerage

    Unless an exception applies, a QBCC contractor licence of the appropriate class is required to carry out or undertake to carry out work for the construction, erection, renovation, alteration, extension, improvement, repair, installation, commissioning, maintenance and testing of  on-site domestic waste water management systems if the value of the work is greater than $3,300.

    However, an appropriate licence under the Plumbing Drainage Act is required to applying for a plumbing licence regardless of value.

    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.

    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;
    • Construction, extension, repair, or replacement of a sewerage system other than works connecting a particular building to a main of the sewerage system;
    • 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

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

    • Plumbing and Drainage;
    • Drainage;
    • Drainage On-site Sewerage​.

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence classes.

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation.
    Owner builder permit holders

    An unlicensed person who holds an owner-builder permit does not require a QBCC contractor licence to carry carrying out building work permitted under the permit.

    Notes

    • For work that can be carried out under an owner-builder permit see section 43D, QBCC Act.
    • The above work is exempted from requiring a contractor licence under schedule 1A of the QBCC Act.

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Part 3, Division 8, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1A section 4, of QBCC Act.
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    Pallet racking

    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

     Notes

    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.

    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

    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.

     Notes

     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 includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation;
    • Schedule 3, QBCC Regulation.
    Partners of licensed contractors

    A person does not require a QBCC contractor licence if they carry out, or undertake to carry out, building work (other than fire protection work) in a partnership agreement with a licensed contractor who is licensed to carry out the work. (see section 56 and schedule 1A, section 3 of QBCC Act).

    See the Statutory Declaration of Parternship Agreement to register your partnership wtih QBCC.

    Not applicable.

    Applies to partners of holders of all classes contractor licence, other than those that authorise the holder to only carry out fire protection work.

    In cases where the scope of work of a contractor licence includes fire protection work but only in part, the exemption for the partner will only apply to those aspects of the scope of work that are not fire protection work.

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence classes.

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Section 56, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1A, section 3, of QBCC Act.
    Patio

    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 a patio if 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 the next column for common exceptions.

    Notes

    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.

    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;
    • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
    • 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;
    • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit;
    • A licensed nominee supervisor or site supervisor if doing something authorised by their licence;
    • 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

    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;
    • Carpentry.

     For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence classes.

    Notes

    The holder of a Part 49 Sheds, carports and garages trade contractor licence is not authorised under their licence to carry out building work for a patio, unless the work is incidental work.

    The prescribed scope of work for the licence class in the QBCC Regulation expressly limits the work that can be carried out under the licence to specified work in relation to sheds, carports and garages.

    Key legislation include:

    • Section 30, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, Part 49, QBCC Regulation.
    Pest Control reports and advice

    Unless an exception applies, a QBCC contractor licence of the appropriate class is required to carry out or undertake to carry out the inspection or investigation of a building , and the provision of advice or a report for the following

    • termite management systems for the building;
    • termite infestation in the 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.

    Notes

    The above work is expressly defined as building work in schedule 2 of the QBCC Act.

    Work that is not building work requiring a contractor licence

    • The total value of the work is over $3,300 (excluding work that is a zero dollar value – see definition of value) ;

    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;
    • 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

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

    •  Termite Management (Chemical).

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence classes.

    Key legislation includes:

    • Schedule 1 section 2, QBCC Regulation;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act.
    Photovoltaic solar panel: Licensed electrical contractors

    The holder of an unrestricted electrical contractor licence does not require a contractor’s licence under the QBCC Act to install, repair or maintain a photovoltaic solar panel.

    Notes

    An unrestricted electrical contractor licence is an electrical contractor licence under the Electrical Safety Act 2002 that does not include any conditions or restrictions (see Schedule 8, QBCC Regulation).

     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 51, Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation.

    Not applicable

    Not applicable

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1 section 51, QBCC Regulation;
    • Schedule 8, QBCC Regulation.
    Plans and specifications - Class 1 to 10 buildings

    Unless an exemption applies, a QBCC contractor’s licence is required to prepare plans and specifications for any class of building. An appropriate contractor’s licence is required regardless of the value of the work.

    Notes

    Design work carried out by a Building Design Low Rise licence

    The scope of work for a Building Design Low Rise licence allows the holder to prepare plans and specifications for a class 1 or class 10 building. In addition, the holder of the licence is authorised under their scope of work to prepare plans and specifications for classes 2 to 9 buildings with a gross floor area not exceeding 2000m², but not including Type A or Type B construction.

    The holder of a Building design – low rise licence is not authorised under their contractor licence to prepare plans and specifications for classes 2-9 buildings that are of type A or type B construction.

    Design work carried out by a holder of a Building Design Medium Rise licence

    The scope of work for a Building Design Medium Rise licence allows the holder to prepare plans and specifications for buildings to a maximum of three storeys above a storey used for the parking of vehicles, but not including a Type A construction other than class 2, 3, or 9 buildings.

    The holder of a Building Design Medium Rise licence is not authorised under their scope to undertake  design work for fit-out or alterations/additions for buildings not stated in this scope of work.

    Design work carried out by a holder of a Building Design Open licence

    The scope of work for a Building Design Open licence allows the holder to prepare plans and specifications for buildings of any height or floor area.

    Design work carried out by a holder of a builders licence

    The holder of a builder class licence may prepare and specifications within the scope of work of their licence if the plans and specifications are for the licensees personal use or for use in building work to be performed by the licensee personally.

    Meaning of Type A and Type B construction.

    See: What is type A or type B construction

     

    Work that is not building work requiring a licence

    • Preparation of plans or specifications for building work for the interior design of a building if the work does not relate to a part of the building that is load-bearing or a structural member.

    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.

    The following licence classes include some or part of this work within their scope:

    • All builder classes;
    • Building Design Open;
    • Building Design  Medium Rise; or
    • Building Design Low Rise.

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act.
    Plumbing and Drainage work

    Unless an exemption applies, a QBCC contractor licence is required to carry out or undertake to carry out the provision of water supply, sewerage or drainage in connection with a building.

    Additional licensing requirements

    Notwithstanding that an individual may hold a relevant plumbing and or drainage contractor licence under the QBCC Act, they must also comply with applicable licensing requirements in the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 (PD Act).

    Under section 119 of the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 a person must not perform, direct the performance of, or supervise, work for which a licence is required under that Act, unless they hold the relevant licence. Failure to comply with this requirement is an offence under the Act.

     

     

     

     

    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;
    • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit;
    • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
    • 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;.
    • 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.

    It is important to note that the above exemptions do not apply to licensing requirements under the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002

    Licence classes

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

    • Plumbing and drainage;
    • Drainage;
    • Drainage - On-site sewerage.

     

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 8, QBCC Regulation.
    Project Manager

    The providing of management, administration and supervisory or advisory services for building work is defined as building work services under the QBCC Act and requires a QBCC Act licence (unless an exemption applies).

    Notes

    Offence to provide building work services without a licence

    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. The carrying out of building work is defined in the QBCC Act to include providing building work services for building work.

     Exemptions from requiring a licence

    The provision of building work services does not require a licence under the QBCC Act if it is exempted under schedule 1A (Exemptions from requirement to hold a contractors licence)

     

     

    Building work services that are exempted from requiring a QBCC Act contractor licence include:

    • An employee of an appropriately licensed contractor;
    • A subcontractor of an appropriately licensed trade contractor;
    • A person in partnership with an appropriately licensed person;
    • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit;
    • 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;
    • 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

     

    All contractor licence classes allow the holder to provide building work services (including project management services) for work that is within the scope of their licence.

    For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence classes.

    Key legislation includes:

    • Section 42, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
    • Schedule 2, QBCC Regulation.
    Provision of advice and reports about building work

    The provision of advice or a report about building work (regardless of the value of the advice or services) requires a contractor licence of the appropriate class.

    All contractors can provide an advice or report about building work if:

    • the building work the subject of the advice or report is within the scope of work of their licence; and
    • is not otherwise prohibited under the scope of work or the QBCC Act (e.g. personally carrying out inspecting, testing and certification of a fire protection system is fire protection work excluded from the scope of work of a builder class of licence). 

    Notes

    Inspection of a completed building, including an inspection and preparation of a report in accordance with Australian Standard 4349.1 'Inspection of Buildings-Property Inspections-Residential buildings' requires a Completed Residential Building Inspector Contractor licence.

    Not applicable

      All contractors can provide an advice or report about building work if:

      • the building work the subject of the advice or report is within the scope of work of their licence; and
      • is not otherwise prohibited under the scope of work or the QBCC Act (e.g. personally carrying out inspecting, testing and certification of a fire protection system is fire protection work excluded from the scope of work of a builder class of licence). 

      Key legislation includes:

      • Section 42, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 2 QBCC Act (Dictionary);
      • Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation.
      Public bridges

      A QBCC contractor licence is not required to carry out or undertake to carry out work to construct, maintain or repair a bridge, other than a bridge on private property.

      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 16 of Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation

      Not applicable

      Not applicable

      Key legislation includes:

      • Section 42, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 1, section 16, QBCC Regulation.
      Public utility easement

      A QBCC contractor licence is not required to carry out or undertake to carry out the construction, maintenance or repair on a public utility easement. 

      Notes

      A public utility easement is easement in favour of a public utility provider. See Land Title Act, section 81A.

      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 12 of Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation

      Not applicable.

      Not applicable.

      Key legislation includes:

      • Section 42, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 1 section 12, QBCC Regulation.
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      Railway tracks

      A QBCC contractor licence is not required to carry out ot undertake to carry out work to construct, maintain or repair railway tracks, signals or associated structures, unless the structures are:

      • buildings for residential purposes, or
      • storage or service facilities.

      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 17 of Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation.

      Not applicable.

      Not applicable.

      Key legislation includes:

      • Section 42, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 1 section 17, QBCC Regulation.
      Real estate agent or property manager

      A real estate agent or property manager who does not hold a QBCC contractor’s licence may engage a licensed building contractor to carry out building work on behalf of a property owner if:

      • Engaging a building contractor is within the agent’s authority under the agency agreement between the agent and the property owner; and
      • The agent does not engage in activities for the property owner which if carried out by the property owner would require them to hold a contractor’s licence under the QBCC Act.

      Example 1:  An unlicensed real estate agent acting on behalf of a property owner does not require a contractor’s licence to engage a single contractor to repair a broken window in a rental property.

      Example 2: An unlicensed real estate agent cannot co-ordinate the scheduling of multiple trade contractors to carry out a renovation for a property owner.  This is because a property owner would require a licence to undertake building work services of this kind if they carried it out themselves.

       A real estate agent or property manager also does not require a contractor’s licence to engage a handyman to carry out work for which the handyman does not require a contractor’s licence.

       Not applicable

       Not applicable

      Key legislation includes:

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

      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 a relocatable home if the value of the work exceeds $3,300 (including the cost of materials).

      The removal and transportation of a house that is already disconnected from the land and services is not building work and does not require a QBCC licence. However, if the removal and transportation is being undertaken in conjunction with other building work a QBCC licence is required.

      Other permits or licenses may be required to undertake the removal and transportation of a house.

      Notes

      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 1AA 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

       

      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;
      • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit;
      • 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;
      • 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.

       

      The following licence classes include some or part of this work within their scope:

      •  Builder Open;
      • Builder Medium Rise; or
      • Builder Low Rise.

      For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes. 

       Key legislation includes:

      • Section 42, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation;
      • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 8, QBCC Regulation.

       

      Rendering including bagging

      Unless an exemption applies, a QBCC contractor’s licence is required to carry out or undertake to carry out rendering, including bagging, if 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.

      Notes

      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.

      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;
      • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
      • 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;
      • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit.
      • A licensed nominee supervisor or site supervisor if doing something authorised by their licence;
      • 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

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

      • Plastering Solid;
      • Painting and Decorating;
      • Concrete.

      For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence classes.

      Key legislation includes:

      • Section 42, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation;
      • Schedule 8, QBCC Regulation.
      Restumping / House raising

      Unless an exemption applies, a QBCC contractor’s licence is required to carry out or undertake to carry out restumping of a building if 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.

      Notes

      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.

      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;
      • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
      • 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;
      • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit.
      • A licensed nominee supervisor or site supervisor if doing something authorised by their licence;
      • 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

      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;
      • Carpentry (timber and steel);
      • Concreting;
      • Structural Metal Fabrication and Erection;
      • Brick and Blocklaying.

      For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

      Key legislation includes:

      • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation;
      • Schedule 1A,QBCC Act.
      Retaining walls

      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 a retaining wall if 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.

      Notes

      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 (eg a retaining wall).

      Building work (subject to some exceptions) is also defined to incorporate “site work (including the construction of retaining structures)” for the erection, construction, renovation, alteration, extension, improvement of a building.

      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.

      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;
      • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
      • 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;
      • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit.
      • A licensed nominee supervisor or site supervisor if doing something authorised by their licence;
      • 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

      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 Structural Landscaping;
      • Concreting;
      • Carpentry.

      For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

       

      Key legislation includes:

      • Schedule 2 QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 1 QBCC Regulation;
      • Schedule 1A,QBCC Act.
      Roof painting

      Unless an exemption applies, a QBCC contractor’s licence is required to carry out or undertake to carry out the the construction, erection, renovation, alteration, extension, improvement or repair of a roof (incuding painting a roof) if 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.

      Notes

      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 (eg a retaining wall).

      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.

      Unless an exception applies, a QBCC contractor licence of the appropriate class is required to carry out the renovation, alteration, improvement or repair of a roof including painting a roof.

       

       

      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;
      • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
      • 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;
      • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit.
      • A licensed nominee supervisor or site supervisor if doing something authorised by their licence;
      • 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

      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;
      • Painting and Decorating.

      For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

      Key legislation includes:

      • Section 42, QBCC Act;
      • Schedules 1A, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 2, QBCC Act.
      Roof Rafters

      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 a roof rafter if 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.

      Notes

      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.

      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;
      • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
      • 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;
      • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit.
      • A licensed nominee supervisor or site supervisor if doing something authorised by their licence;
      • 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

      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;
      • Carpentry;
      • Structural Metal Fabrication (if metal).

      For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

      Note

      This work is not authorised to be carried out under the scope of work for a Roof and Wall Cladding, other than where it is incidental work.

      Key legislation includes:

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

      Unless an exemption applies, a QBCC contractor’s licence is required to carry out or undertake to carry out the repair of a roof if 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.

      Notes

      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 (eg a retaining wall).

      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.

      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;
      • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
      • 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;
      • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit.
      • A licensed nominee supervisor or site supervisor if doing something authorised by their licence;
      • 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

      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 Shopfitting;
      • Builder Restricted to Structural Landscaping;
      • Sheds, Carports and Garages;
      • Structural Landscaping (trade);
      • Structural Metal Fabrication and Erection;
      • Roof and Wall Cladding ;
      • Carpentry;
      • Roof Tiling;
      • Plumbing and Drainage;
      • Metal fascias and gutters.

      For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

      Key legislation includes:

      • Section 42, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation.
      Roof trusses: Off-site manufacture and design

      A QBCC contractor licence is not required to carry or undertake to carry out the following work:

      • the design and off-site manufacture of a roof truss or wall frame; or
      • the preparation of plans or specifications for the off-site manufacture of a roof truss or wall frame; or
      • the preparation of plans,  specifications or instructions for the installation of a roof truss or wall frame that is manufactured off-site.

      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 53 of Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation.

      Not applicable

      Not applicable

      Key legislation includes:

      • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 1 section 53, QBCC Regulation.
      Roofing/roof

      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 a roof if 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.

      Notes

      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 (eg a retaining wall).

      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.

      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;
      • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
      • 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;
      • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit.
      • A licensed nominee supervisor or site supervisor if doing something authorised by their licence;
      • 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

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

       Structural components

      • Builder Low Rise;
      • Builder Medium Rise;
      • Builder Open;
      • Carpentry;
      • Sheds, Carports and Garages;
      • Builder Restricted to Structural Landscaping;
      • Structural Landscaping (Trade).

      Cladding or tiling components

      • Roof and Wall Cladding;
      • Roof Tiling;
      • Builder Low Rise;
      • Builder Medium Rise;
      • Builder Open;
      • Plumbing and Drainage;
      • Builder Restricted to Structural Landscaping;
      • Structural Landscaping (Trade).

      For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

      Key legislation includes:

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

      A QBCC contractor licence is not required to carry or undertake to carry out the erection of scaffolding.

      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 26 of Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation.

      Not applicable.

      Not applicable.

      Key legislaton includes:

      • Section 42, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 1 section 26, QBCC Regulation.
      Security screens

      Unless an exemption applies, a QBCC contractor’s licence is required to carry out or undertake to carry out the the construction, erection, renovation, alteration, extension, improvement or repair of a security screen if 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.

      Notes

      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.

      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;
      • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
      • 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;
      • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit.
      • A licensed nominee supervisor or site supervisor if doing something authorised by their licence;
      • 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

      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 Structural Landscaping;
      • Carpentry;
      • Glass Glazing and Aluminium;
      • Structural Metal Fabrication;
      • Non-Structural Metal Fabrication (if metal construction);
      • Structural Landscaping (trade);
      • Joinery.

      For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

      Key legislation includes:

      • Section 42, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation;
      • Schedule 8, QBCC Regulation.
      Shade Sails

      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 a shade sail (including its supporting structures) if 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.

      Notes

      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 (eg a shade sail).

      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.

       

       

       

      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;
      • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
      • 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;
      • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit.
      • A licensed nominee supervisor or site supervisor if doing something authorised by their licence;
      • 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

      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 Special Structures (shade sails);
      • Structural Metal Fabrication and Erection;
      • Builder Restricted to Structural Landscaping;
      • Structural Landscaping (trade).

      For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

      Key legislation includes:

      • Section 42, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation.
      Shutters (external)

      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 an external shutter if 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.

      Notes

      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.

       

       

       

      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;
      • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
      • 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;
      • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit.
      • A licensed nominee supervisor or site supervisor if doing something authorised by their licence;
      • 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

      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 Structural Landscaping;
      • Carpentry;
      • Glass Glazing and Aluminium;
      • Structural Metal Fabrication;
      • Non-Structural Metal Fabrication (if metal construction);
      • Structural Landscaping (trade);
      • Joinery.

      For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

      Key legislation includes:

      • Section 42, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation;
      • Schedule 8,QBCC Act.
      Site supervisors

      The holder of a site supervisor licence does not require a QBCC contractor licence to do something permitted under their site supervisor’s licence.

      Work carried out by a licensed site supervisor under their licence is exempt from requiring a contractor licence under Schedule 1A, section 7, of the QBCC Act.

      See Licence Types for further information on what is permitted under different types of licences.

      Not applicable

      Applies to all classes of site supervisor licence.

      For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence classes.

      Key legislation includes:

      • Section 42, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 1A, section 7, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 2, QBCC Act.
      Skylights/ roof ventilation

      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 a skylight or roof ventilation if 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.

      Notes

      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.

      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;
      • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
      • 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;
      • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit.
      • A licensed nominee supervisor or site supervisor if doing something authorised by their licence;
      • 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

      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;
      • Roof and wall cladding.

      For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

      Key legislation includes:

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

      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 a Solar Farm if the value of the work exceeds $3,300 (including the cost of materials) and it is a fixed structure.

      Notes

      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.

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

      • An employee of an appropriately licensed contractor;
      • A subcontractor of an appropriately licensed trade contractor;
      • A person in partnership with an appropriately licensed person;
      • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit;
      • 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;
      • 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

      The following licence classes include some or part of this work within their scope:

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

      For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence classes.

      Key legislation includes:

      • Section 42, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation.
      Solar hot water system: Electrical contractors

      An electrical contractor does not require a contractor licence to carry out the installation, repair or maintenance of a solar hot water system if all of the following apply:

      • The electrical contractor is the holder of an unrestricted electrical contractor licence (the electrical contractor) and undertakes to carry out the work for a consumer; and
      • the electrical contractor only carries out the part of the work that is electrical work under the Electrical Safety Act 2002; and
      • that part of the work that is not electrical work under the Electrical Safety Act 2002 (the non-electrical work) is carried out by a person who both —
        • holds, under the Act, a contractor’s licence of the appropriate class for the non-electrical work; and
        • is engaged by the electrical contractor to carry out the non-electrical work.  

      Not applicable

      Not applicable

      Key legislation includes:

      • Section 42, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 1 section 50, QBCC Regulation.
      Solar Panels

      Unless an exemption applies, a QBCC contractor’s licence is required to carry out or undertake to carry out the the construction, erection, renovation, alteration, extension, improvement or repair of a solar panel for a building if 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.

      Notes

      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.

      The holder of QBCC contractor licence is not authorised under their licence to carry out electrical work.

      All electrical work regulated under the Electrical Safety Act 2002 associated with the installation of air-conditioning systems must comply with the requirements in that Act, including licensing requirements.  For further information see https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/electricalsafety

      Also see: Electrical contractors -  photovoltaic solar panels

      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;
      • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
      • 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;
      • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit.
      • A licensed nominee supervisor or site supervisor if doing something authorised by their licence;
      • 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

      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;
      • Carpentry;
      • Structural Metal Fabrication;
      • Non-Structural Metal Fabrication.

      For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

      Key legislation includes:

      • Section 42, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation.
      Special purpose vehicle for public-private partnership

      A special purpose vehicle that undertakes to carry out building work under a public-private partnership does not require a QBCC contractor licence if the work is to be carried out by a licensed contractor who is licensed to carry out building work of the relevant class.

      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 10 of Schedule 1AA, QBCC Regulation.

      Notes

      • An unlicensed special purpose vehicle commits an offence under section 42 of the QBCC Act if the work is ultimately not carried out by an appropriately licensed contractor.

      Not applicable

      Not applicable

      Key legislation includes:

      • Section 42, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 1A section 10, QBCC Act.
      State Government and its agencies

      A QBCC contractor licence is not required to carry out work performed by the State or an instrumentality or agency of the State.

      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 8 of Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation.

      Notes

      • Independent contractors

      Building work performed by an independent contractor for the State or an instrumentality or agency of the State is not covered by this exemption.

      • What is an “agency of the State”?

      An agency of the State includes any of the following—

      • a department;
      • a government owned corporation;
      • an entity established under an Act;
      • a rail government entity under the Transport Infrastructure Act 1994 .

      Not applicable

      Not applicable

      Key legislation includes:

      • Section 42, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 1 section 8, QBCC Regulation.
      Stormwater drainage system

      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 a stormwater drainage system for 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.

      Notes

      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.  Building work also includes the provision of, sewerage or drainage in connection with a building.

      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.

      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;
      • 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.

      Licence classes

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

      • Drainage;
      • Plumbing and Drainage.

      For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

      Key legislation includes:

      • Section 42, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 2, QBCC Act.
      Strand wire fence

      A contractor’s licence under the QBCC Act is not required to construct, maintain or repair a strand wire fence with no concrete footing.

      A strand wire fence is a structure serving as an enclosure, barrier or boundary made of posts, pickets or stakes joined together by strands of wire.

      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 49 of Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation.

       

       

      Not applicable

      Not applicable

      Key legislation includes:

      • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 1 section 49, QBCC Regulation.
      Subcontractors of licensed contractors

      A subcontractor who carries out or undertakes to carry out building work (other the exemptions listed below) for a licensed trade contractor, does not need to hold a QBCC contractor licence.

      Notes

      • Fire protection work

      This does not include fire protection work. The exemption from holding a QBCC contractor licences does not apply where the trade contractor holds a fire protection licence that authorises the holder to only carry out fire protection work. In cases where the scope of work of a trade contractor licence includes fire protection work but only in part, the exemption for the subcontractor will only apply to those aspects of the scope of work that are not fire protection work.

      • Occupational licences

      All QBCC licences are subject to the condition if an occupational licence is also required, the holder must hold the relevant occupational licence.

      • Builder and Completed Building Inspectors

      The exemption does not apply to subcontractors working for a  licensed builder or completed building inspector The exemption does not apply to subcontractors who carry out or undertake to carry out work for either a licensed builder or a person licensed to carry out completed building inspections

      More information can be found on the QBCC website.

      Not applicable

      The subject exemption from holding a QBCC contractor licences applies to subcontractors of all trade contractor licences other than those that authorise the holder to only carry out fire protection work.

      In cases where the scope of work of a trade contractor licence includes fire protection work but only in part, the exemption for the subcontractor will only apply to those aspects of the scope of work that are not fire protection work.

      For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence classes.

      Key legislation includes:

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

       

      Superintendent

      The providing of management, administration and supervisory or advisory services for building work is defined as building work services under the QBCC Act and requires a QBCC Act licence (unless an exemption applies).

       A superintendent under a building contract requires a QBCC Act licence if they carry out building work services under a building contract including :

      • Administer the contract on behalf of a principal;
      • Certify timing, quality and cost matters under the contract.

       Notes

       Offence to provide building work services without a licence

      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. The carrying out of building work is defined in the QBCC Act to include providing building work services for building work.

       Exemptions from requiring a licence

      The provision of building work services does not require a licence under the QBCC Act if it is exempted under schedule 1A (Exemptions from requirement to hold a contractors licence)

       

      Building work services that are exempted from requiring a QBCC Act contractor licence include:

      •  An employee of an appropriately licensed contractor;
      • A subcontractor of an appropriately licensed trade contractor;
      • A person in partnership with an appropriately licensed person;
      • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit;
      • 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;
      • 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

       

      All contractor licence classes allow the holder to provide building work services (including project management services) for work that is within the scope of their licence.

      The QBCC Regulation includes a building project management services contractor licence. This licence is designed to accommodate individuals seeking to provide superintendent services for all classes of buildings.

      For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence classes.

       

       

      Key legislation includes:

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

       

      Supporting structure for a sign

      Unless an exemption applies, a QBCC contractor’s licence is required to carry out or undertake to carry out the construction, maintenance or repair of a supporting structure for a sign if:

      • the value of building work for the supporting structure is $5,000 or more; or
      • the top of the sign or supporting structure, whichever is higher, is 3m or more 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.

      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

      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

      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 includes:

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

      A QBCC contractor’s licence is not required by a licensed surveyor who is performing work within the surveyors professional practice.

      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 6 of Schedule 1AA, QBCC Regulation.

      Not applicable

      Not applicable

      Key legislation includes:

      • Schedule 1 section 6, QBCC Regulation;
      • Schedule 2, QBCC Act.
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      Unsupported sign

      A QBCC contractor’s licence is not required to carry out or undertake to carry out the construction, maintenance or repair of a unsupported sign

      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 24 of Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation.

      An unsupported sign includes a sign that consists of only a flat sheet of acrylic resin, fabric, metal or wood.

      Not applicable

      Not applicable

      Key legislation includes:

      • Section 42, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 1 section 24, QBCC Regulation.
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      Valuer

      A QBCC contractor’s licence is not required for a registered valuer for services performed under the Valuers Registration Act 1992 in the valuer’s professional practice.

      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 35 of Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation

      Not applicable

      Not applicable

      Key legislation includes:

      • Schedule 1 section 35, QBCC Regulation;
      • Schedule 2, QBCC Act.
      Vinyl flooring

      A QBCC contractor licence is not required to install or undertake to install vinyl flooring.

      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 30 of Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation

      Not applicable

      Not applicable

      Key legislation includes:

      • Schedule 1 section 30, QBCC Regulation;
      • Schedule 2, QBCC Act.
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      Waste Water systems

      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 a waste water system for 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.

      Notes

      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.  Building work also includes the provision of, sewerage or drainage in connection with a building.

      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.

       

      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;
      • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
      • 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;
      • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit.
      • A licensed nominee supervisor or site supervisor if doing something authorised by their licence;
      • 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

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

      • Drainage;
      • Plumbing and Drainage.

      For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence Classes.

      Key legislation includes:

      • Section 42, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 1, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 2, QBCC Act.
      Water Tanks

      Unless an exception applies, a contractor licence of the appropriate class is required to carry out or undertake to carry out the erection, renovation, alteration, extension, improvement or repair of a water tank, if the tank is a fixed structure and the value of the work is more than $3,300 including materials.

      Examples of when a water tank is a fixed structure include if it is:

      • attached to the ground (other than by its own weight);
      • physically attached or connected to a building,  including for example connected to the stormwater system for the  building;
      • attached to a supporting structure that is a fixed structure.   

      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.

      Notes

      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.  A water tank connected to the stormwater system for a building is an example given in definition of a “building” in schedule 2 of the QBCC Act.

      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.

      • Supporting structures

      Work for a supporting structure for a water tank that is itself a fixed structure (notwithstanding that the water tank may not be attached to it other than by its own weight), is also building work requiring a QBCC contractor licence (unless an exemption applies).

      • Water tanks partly dug into the ground

      Work for a water tank that is only connected to the ground through its own weight, including partly dug into a whole in the ground and nothing more, is not building work requiring a licence as the water tank is not a fixed structure.

      Inspect and Test Water Tanks

      To inspect and test water tanks against AS1851 is plumbing work, as is also, water tank work that requires repair or maintenance to attached pipe work, as this type of work relates to the type of connected pipe work.

      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;
      • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
      • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit;
      • 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;
      • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit.
      • A licensed nominee supervisor or site supervisor if doing something authorised by their licence;
      • 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

      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;
      • Structural Metal Fabrication;
      • Concreting;
      • Carpentry.

      For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence classes.

       

      Key legislation includes:

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

      Unless an exception applies, a contractor licence of the appropriate class is required to carry out or undertake to carry out the erection, renovation, alteration, extension, improvement or repair of a building. This work includes encompasses applying, installing and repairing waterproofing including surface preparation, and apply or installing material or systems for preventing moisture penetration if 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.

      Notes

      Whilst a QBCC waterproofing licence is not required where the value of the work does not exceed $3,300, a person applying, installing or repairing waterproofing including surface preparation, and apply or installing material or systems for preventing moisture penetration less than $3,300 may be required to provide a certificate stating that they are a competent person to undertake the work. A person that holds a waterproofing licence as a contractor would be considered a competent person.

      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.

       

      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;
      • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
      • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit;
      • 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;
      • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit.
      • A licensed nominee supervisor or site supervisor if doing something authorised by their licence;
      • 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

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

      • Waterproofing;
      • Builder Low Rise;
      • Builder Medium Rise;
      • Builder Open;
      • Wall and Floor Tiling.*

      For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence classes.

      Notes

      *A Wall and Floor Tiling licence can undertake waterproofing when it is for tiling, regardless of who is performing the tiling.

       

      Key legislation includes:

      • Section 42, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 1, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act.
      Weather Systems / Screens

      Unless an exception applies, a contractor licence of the appropriate class is required to carry out or undertake to carry out the erection, renovation, alteration, extension, improvement or repair of weather system screen for a building if the value of the work exceeds $3,300.

      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.

      Notes

      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.

       

      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;
      • Design work carried out by a landscape architect;
      • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit;
      • 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;
      • Work carried out by the holder of an owner-builder permit to the extent that the work is permitted under the permit.
      • A licensed nominee supervisor or site supervisor if doing something authorised by their licence;
      • 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

      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;
      • Carpentry;
      • Glass Glazing and Aluminium (if metal or glass construction);
      • Non-Structural Metal Fabrication (if metal construction);
      • Structural Metal Fabrication (if metal construction);
      • Joinery.

      For detailed information regarding scopes of work see Licence classes.

      Key legislation includes:

      • Section 42, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 1A, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation;
      • Schedule 8, QBCC Regulation.
      Wet pour rubber

      A QBCC contractor’s licence is not required to carry out or undertake to carry out the laying of wet pour rubber (including the laying of a blended mix of graded rubber particles and binder to provide a continuous surface).

      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 52 of Schedule 1, QBCC Regulation. 

      Not applicable

      Not applicable

      Key legislation includes:

      • Section 42, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 2, QBCC Act;
      • Schedule 1 section 52, QBCC Regulation.
      Work valued $3,300 or less

      Under Schedule 1 section 2 of the QBCC Regulation, work valued at $3,300 or less is not building working requiring a contractor licence, unless one of the following apply:

      • the work is within the scope of work of a fire protection licence;
      • the work is within the scope of work of a
        • Building Design Licence (low, medium and or open)
        • Completed Building Inspection Licence,
        • Plumbing and drainage licence,
        • Drainage Licence,
        • Gasfitting licence,
        • Site classifier licence, or
        • Termite Management Chemical Licence.
      • the work is within the scope of work of another licence provided for in schedule 2 of the QBCC Regulation, and is carried out by a licensee as part of a contract for building work of which the total value is more than $3,300; or
      • the work is within the scope of work of a Hydraulic Services Design Licence and the value of the work is more than $1,100.

      (See schedule 1, QBCC Regulation)

      Notes

      • Meaning of value of work

      “Value of building work” means an amount representing the reasonable cost to a consumer of having the work carried out by a licensed contractor on the basis that all building materials are to be supplied by the contractor (whether or not the work is in fact carried out by a licensed contractor on that basis).

      • Fire protection work carried out by an owner of land

      An owner of land can carry out work within the scope of work of a fire protection licence up to the value of $1100 without a QBCC contractor licence.  However, the owner will still require a fire protection occupational licence to carry out the work unless they are authorised by a licence, registration or authorisation under other legislation to do the work. 

      • Value of building work carried out in stages

      If building work is, or is to be, carried out in stages under a series of separate contracts, the value of the building work is the aggregate value of the building work carried out, or to be carried out, under those contracts.

      Not applicable

      Not applicable

      Key legislation includes:

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