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Note: The processing fee shown in the tables below is not refundable if the application is refused or withdrawn.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

As part of the NSW Government’s economic stimulus package those affected by COVID-19, the 1 year fee has been waived and the 3 year fee discounted. 

 

1 year fee ($)

3 year fee ($)

Processing fee ($)

Building contractor licence 0*605*0*
Trade or specialist contractor licence 0*315*0*
Building supervisor certificate Not available0**0**
Trade or specialist work supervisor certificate Not available0**0**
Tradesperson certificate Not available0**0**
Owner-builder permit 18370

* Applies from 15 April 2020 to 14 April 2021
** Applies from 20 April 2020 to 19 April 2021

Corporation or partnership licences

As part of the NSW Government’s economic stimulus package those affected by COVID-19, the 1 year fee has been waived and the 3 year fee discounted.

Corporation

1 year fee ($)

3 year fee ($)

Building contractor licence 0*832*
Trade or specialist contractor licence 0*561*

Partnership

1 year fee ($)

3 year fee ($)

Building contractor licence 0*615*
Trade or specialist contractor licence 0*471*

* Applies from applies from 15 April 2020 to 14 April 2021

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

Note: The fees shown below are not refundable if the application is refused or withdrawn.

Individual licences

Adding a building category

Fee ($)

Building contractor licence 300
Trade or specialist contractor licence 300
Building supervisor certificate  89
Trade or specialist work supervisor certificate 89

Adding a trade or specialist category

Fee ($)

Building contractor licence 153
Trade or specialist contractor licence 153
Building supervisor certificate  89
Trade or specialist work supervisor certificate 89
Tradesperson certificate  89

Corporation or partnership licences

Adding a building category

Fee ($)

Corporation building contractor licence 300
Corporation trade or specialist contractor licence 763
Partnership building contractor licence 300
Partnership trade or specialist contractor licence 699

Adding a trade or specialist category

Fee ($)

Corporation building contractor licence 163
Corporation trade or specialist contractor licence 163
Partnership building contractor licence 163
Partnership trade or specialist contractor licence 163

Renewing or restoring a licence or certificate

Individual licences

As part of the NSW Government’s economic stimulus package for licence holders affected by COVID-19, the 1 year renewal fee has been waived and the 3 year renewal fee discounted.

Visit the Service NSW website to renew online.

Renewals

1 year fee ($)

3 year fee ($)

Building contractor licence 0*652*
Trade or specialist contractor licence 0*327*
Building supervisor certificate  Not available0**
Trade or specialist work supervisor certificate Not available0**
Tradesperson certificate  Not available0**

Restoration

1 year fee ($)

3 year fee ($)

Building contractor licence 0*653*
Trade or specialist contractor licence 0*327*
Building supervisor certificate  Not available0**
Trade or specialist work supervisor certificate Not available0**
Tradesperson certificate  Not available0**

* Applies from 15 April 2020 to 14 April 2021
** Applies from 20 April 2020 to 19 April 2021

Corporation or partnership licences

As part of the NSW Government’s economic stimulus package for licence holders affected by COVID-19, the 1 year renewal fee has been waived and the 3 year renewal fee discounted.

Visit the Service NSW website to renew online.

Renewals

1 year fee ($)

3 year fee ($)

Corporation building contractor licence 0*970*
Corporation trade or specialist contractor licence 0*578*
Partnership building contractor licence  0*738*
Partnership trade or specialist contractor licence 0*491*

Restoration

1 year fee ($)

3 year fee ($)

Corporation building contractor licence 0*970*
Corporation trade or specialist contractor licence 0*578*
Partnership building contractor licence   0*739*
Partnership trade or specialist contractor licence 0*487*

* Applies from applies from 15 April 2020 to 14 April 2021

Replacement contractor licence, certificate or owner-builder permit

 

Fee ($)

Processing fee ($)

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

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 admissible in legal proceedings. It may specify the information provided for in section 131 of the Act for example whether the person was a holder of a licence on a certain date.

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