There are a number of important things to think about before choosing a builder or tradesperson to build or renovate your home. For a list of the key questions you should ask any builder, go to our Questions to ask - 12 important questions to ask a building contractor page.
One of the things the builder or tradesperson should give you is their contractor licence number. You should then do a licence check to:
This facility allows you to do those checks online. You should always do a licence check before entering into a contract with a builder or tradesperson and you should only deal with a licensed builder. Any person who carries out residential building work worth over $1,000 in labour and materials content without an appropriate licence is breaking the law and could be prosecuted.
This register, which is maintained by NSW Fair Trading, records information relating to licences and certificates, including:
Important: It should be noted that Fair Trading is reliant on third parties, such as private home warranty insurers, for some of the information that appears on the register. While every effort is made to ensure that this information is provided promptly, delays which are beyond Fair Trading’s control can sometimes occur and information may not always be up to date.
To check the licence details of a contractor you are thinking of using, use the 'start licence check' button below. You should do a 'name search' first, otherwise you may not locate other licences held now or previously held by the contractor. You should be aware, however, that the contractor may be or may have been associated with other licensed entities such as partnerships or companies and this search facility will not necessarily disclose those links. For further information and assistance, contact NSW Fair Trading on 13 32 20.
The information contained in this register is restricted to that information which NSW Fair Trading is currently required to maintain under clause 80 of the Home Building Regulation 2004.
Please note also that, while Fair Trading issues licences to qualified and, in some cases ‘experienced’, builders and tradespeople, it cannot and will not guarantee the work of licensees.
Consequently, NSW Fair Trading disclaims all responsibility and all liability (including without limitation, liability in negligence) for all expenses, losses, damages and costs which you might incur as a result of using information in the register, or for it being inaccurate or incomplete in any way, and for any reason.
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