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Note: The processing fee shown in the tables below is not refundable if the application is refused or withdrawn.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 and 5 year fees discounted. 

Grant a licence

1 year fee ($)

3 year fee ($)

5 year fee ($)

Processing fee ($)

Building contractor licence

0*

617*

1607***

0*

Trade or specialist contractor licence

0*

320*

666***

0*

Building qualified supervisor certificate

0***

0**

293***

0**

Trade or specialist work qualified supervisor certificate

0***

0**

264***

0**

Tradesperson certificate

0***

0**

150***

0**

Owner-builder permit

187

 

72

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

*** Applies from 1st July 2020 to either 14 April 2021

****Applies from 1st July 2020 to 19th April

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 and 5 year fees discounted.

Grant a licence Corporation

1 year fee ($)

3 year fee ($)

5 year fee ($)

Building contractor licence

0*

848*

2536***

Trade or specialist contractor licence

0*

572*

1388***

Grant a licence Partnership

1 year fee ($)

3 year fee ($)

5 year fee ($)

Building contractor licence

0*

628*

1857***

Trade or specialist contractor licence

0*

480*

1126***

* Applies from 15 April 2020 to 14 April 2021

*** Applies from the 1st July 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Note: The fees shown below are not refundable if the application is refused or withdrawn.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

306

Trade or specialist contractor licence

306

Building qualified supervisor certificate 

91

Trade or specialist qualified work supervisor certificate

91

Adding a trade or specialist category

Fee ($)

Building contractor licence

156

Trade or specialist contractor licence

156

Building supervisor certificate 

91

Trade or specialist work supervisor certificate

91

Tradesperson certificate 

91

Corporation or partnership licences

Adding a building category

Fee ($)

Corporation building contractor licence

306

Corporation trade or specialist contractor licence

778

Partnership building contractor licence

306

Partnership trade or specialist contractor licence

713

Adding a trade or specialist category

Fee ($)

Corporation building contractor licence

167

Corporation trade or specialist contractor licence

167

Partnership building contractor licence

167

Partnership trade or specialist contractor licence

167

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 and 5 year fees discounted.

Visit the Service NSW website to renew online.

Renewals

1 year fee ($)

3 year fee ($)

5 year fee ($)

Building contractor licence

0*

664*

1508***

Trade or specialist contractor licence

0*

333*

746***

Building qualified supervisor certificate 

0***

0**

65***

Trade or specialist work qualified supervisor certificate

0***

0**

65***

Tradesperson certificate 

0***

0**

65***

Restoration

1 year fee ($)

3 year fee ($)

5 year fee ($)

Building contractor licence

0*

720*

1655***

Trade or specialist contractor licence

0*

390*

873***

Building supervisor certificate 

0***

0**

65***

Trade or specialist work supervisor certificate

0***

0**

65***

Tradesperson certificate 

0***

0**

65***

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

*** Applies from 1st July 2020 to either 14 April 2021

**** Applies from 1st July to 19th 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 and 5 year renewal fees discounted.

Visit the Service NSW website to renew online.

Renewals

1 year fee ($)

3 year fee ($)

5 year fee($)

Corporation building contractor licence

0*

989*

2219***

Corporation trade or specialist contractor licence

0*

590*

1388***

Partnership building contractor licence 

0*

753*

1646***

Partnership trade or specialist contractor licence

0*

501*

1126***

Restoration

1 year fee ($)

3 year fee ($)

5 year fee ($)

Corporation building contractor licence

0*

1045*

2294***

Corporation trade or specialist contractor licence

0*

646*

1463***

Partnership building contractor licence  

0*

810*

1931***

Partnership trade or specialist contractor licence

0*

555*

1202***

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

*** Applies from 1st July 2020 to either 14 April 2021

Replacement contractor licence, certificate or owner-builder permit

Fee ($)

Processing fee ($)

Replacement contractor licence, certificate or owner-builder permit

49

49

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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