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Home building fees 

The fees for building work categories are different to the fees for trade and specialist work categories.

Building work is:

  • erection of pre-fabricated metal-framed home additions and structures
  • general building work
  • kitchen, bathroom and laundry renovation
  • structural landscaping, and
  • swimming pool building.

The fees for trade work and specialist work are the same.

Note: The processing fee shown in the tables below is not refundable if the application is refused or withdrawn. We prefer to provide refunds by electronic funds transfer (EFT).

If your licence is cancelled, we will not refund any of the fees paid.

For more information on the application fees, refer to the Home Building Regulation 2014.

Applying for a new licence, certificate or permit 

Individual licences 

 

 

1 year fee ($)

3 year fee ($)

Processing fee ($)

Building contractor licence 646 1210 279
Trade or specialist contractor licence 294 587 142
Building supervisor certificate Not available 234 82
Trade or specialist work supervisor certificate Not available 212 82
Tradesperson certificate Not available 139 86
Owner-builder permit 171   66

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Corporation or partnership licences 

 

Corporation

1 year fee ($)

3 year fee ($)

Processing fee ($)

Building contractor licence 1290 2064 711
Trade or specialist contractor licence 469 990 152

 

Partnership

1 year fee ($)

3 year fee ($)

Processing fee ($)

Building contractor licence 1075 1647 651
Trade or specialist contractor licence 409 847 152

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Adding a building, trade or specialist work category to your licence or certificate 

Note: The processing fee shown in the tables below is not refundable if the application is refused or withdrawn.

Individual licences 

 

Adding a building category

Fee ($)

Processing fee ($)

Building contractor licence 279 279
Trade or specialist contractor licence 279 279
Building supervisor certificate  82 82
Trade or specialist work supervisor certificate 82 82

 

Adding a trade or specialist category

Fee ($)

Processing fee ($)

Building contractor licence 142 142
Trade or specialist contractor licence 142 142
Building supervisor certificate  82 82
Trade or specialist work supervisor certificate 82 82
Tradesperson certificate  82 82

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Corporation or partnership licences 

 

Adding a building category

Fee ($)

Processing fee ($)

Corporation building contractor licence 279 279
Corporation trade or specialist contractor licence 711 711
Partnership building contractor licence 279 279
Partnership trade or specialist contractor licence 651 651

 

Adding a trade or specialist category

Fee ($)

Processing fee ($)

Corporation building contractor licence 152 152
Corporation trade or specialist contractor licence 152 152
Partnership building contractor licence 152 152
Partnership trade or specialist contractor licence 152 152

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Renewing or restoring a licence or certificate 

Individual licences 

A discount of 10% or $5 (whichever is more) applies when you renew or restore your licence online. Visit Service NSW to renew online.

Renewals 

1 year fee ($)

3 year fee ($)

Processing fee ($) 

Building contractor licence 433 1039 48
Trade or specialist contractor licence 219 523 48
Building supervisor certificate  Not available 48 48
Trade or specialist work supervisor certificate Not available 48 48
Tradesperson certificate  Not available 48 48

 

Restoration

1 year fee ($)

3 year fee ($)

Processing fee ($) 

Building contractor licence 483 1090 48
Trade or specialist contractor licence 269 574 48
Building supervisor certificate  Not available 48 48
Trade or specialist work supervisor certificate Not available 48 48
Tradesperson certificate  Not available 48 48

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Corporation or partnership licences 

A discount of 10% or $5 (whichever is more) applies when you renew or restore your licence online. Visit Service NSW to renew online.

Renewals 

1 year fee ($)

3 year fee ($)

Processing fee ($)

Corporation building contractor licence 645 1548 66
Corporation trade or specialist contractor licence 383 921 66
Partnership building contractor licence  490 1177 66
Partnership trade or specialist contractor licence 323 781 66

 

Restoration

1 year fee ($)

3 year fee ($)

Processing fee ($)

Corporation building contractor licence 694 1598 133
Corporation trade or specialist contractor licence 433 971 133
Partnership building contractor licence   540 1227 133
Partnership trade or specialist contractor licence 374 828 133

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Replacement contractor licence, certificate or owner-builder permit 

 

 

Fee ($)

Processing fee ($)

Replacement contractor licence, certificate or owner-builder permit 48 48

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Issue of a certificate under section 131 of the Home Building Act 

 

 

Fee ($)

Issue of a certificate under section 131 of the Home Building Act 23

This certificate is admissable in legal proceedings. It may specify the information provided for in section 131 of the Act eg. whether the person was a holder of a licence on a certain date.

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