Information for Owner-Builders
Certificate of consent
If you wish to be an owner-builder, and the value of the proposed building work is more than $12,000 (including labour costs and materials), you will need to apply for a certificate of consent.
You must provide the certificate of consent to your building surveyor in order to obtain a building permit.
Refer to the Certificate of Consent page on the Victorian Building Authority website for information on how to provide a certificate of consent.
The owner-builder and building practitioner, contractor or tradesperson must enter into a written contract for domestic building work costing more than $5,000.
You should not submit an owner-builder application if you intend to engage one builder to do all the building work, as you will not qualify as an owner-builder in this case. Instead, you will need to enter into a domestic building contract with a registered building practitioner.
The Victorian Building Authority warns against situations where a builder or tradesperson asks you to sign a building permit as an owner-builder, even though they will be doing the work.
Refer to the Victorian Building Authority’s owner-builder page for the latest information on owner-builder requirements.