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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Note: The processing fee shown in the tables below is not refundable if the application is refused or withdrawn.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 659 1234 285
Trade or specialist contractor licence 300 599 145
Building supervisor certificate Not available 239 84
Trade or specialist work supervisor certificate Not available 217 84
Tradesperson certificate Not available 142 88
Owner-builder permit 174 67

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Corporation or partnership licences 

 

Corporation

1 year fee ($)

3 year fee ($)

Processing fee ($)

Building contractor licence 1315 2105 725
Trade or specialist contractor licence 478 1010 155

 

Partnership

1 year fee ($)

3 year fee ($)

Processing fee ($)

Building contractor licence 1096 1680 664
Trade or specialist contractor licence 417 864 155

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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Note: The processing fee shown in the tables below is not refundable if the application is refused or withdrawn.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 285 285
Trade or specialist contractor licence 285 285
Building supervisor certificate  84 84
Trade or specialist work supervisor certificate 84 84

 

Adding a trade or specialist category

Fee ($)

Processing fee ($)

Building contractor licence 145 145
Trade or specialist contractor licence 145 145
Building supervisor certificate  84 84
Trade or specialist work supervisor certificate 84 84
Tradesperson certificate  84 84

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Corporation or partnership licences 

 

Adding a building category

Fee ($)

Processing fee ($)

Corporation building contractor licence 285 285
Corporation trade or specialist contractor licence 725 725
Partnership building contractor licence 285 285
Partnership trade or specialist contractor licence 664 664

 

Adding a trade or specialist category

Fee ($)

Processing fee ($)

Corporation building contractor licence 155 155
Corporation trade or specialist contractor licence 155 155
Partnership building contractor licence 155 155
Partnership trade or specialist contractor licence 155 155

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Renewing or restoring a licence or certificate 

Individual licences 

A discount of 10% or $5 (whichever is more) applies to the processing fee 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 442 1060 49
Trade or specialist contractor licence 223 533 49
Building supervisor certificate  Not available 49 49
Trade or specialist work supervisor certificate Not available 49 49
Tradesperson certificate  Not available 49 49

 

Restoration

1 year fee ($)

3 year fee ($)

Processing fee ($) 

Building contractor licence 493 1112 49
Trade or specialist contractor licence 274 585 49
Building supervisor certificate  Not available 49 49
Trade or specialist work supervisor certificate Not available 49 49
Tradesperson certificate  Not available 49 49

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Corporation or partnership licences 

A discount of 10% or $5 (whichever is more) applies to the processing fee 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 657 1578 67
Corporation trade or specialist contractor licence 390 939 67
Partnership building contractor licence  499 1200 67
Partnership trade or specialist contractor licence 329 796 67

 

Restoration

1 year fee ($)

3 year fee ($)

Processing fee ($)

Corporation building contractor licence 708 1630 136
Corporation trade or specialist contractor licence 442 991 136
Partnership building contractor licence   551 1252 136
Partnership trade or specialist contractor licence 382 845 136

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Replacement contractor licence, certificate or owner-builder permit 

 

 

Fee ($)

Processing fee ($)

Replacement contractor licence, certificate or owner-builder permit 45 45

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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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