Contracts for owner-builders

A written contract is required between the licensee and you, the owner-builder for building, renovation or maintenance to any home including garage and swimming pool where:

  • the contract price exceeds $5,000, and
  • if the cost of the labour and materials supplied by the contractor exceeds $5,000.

Visit our home building contracts page for more information on residential building contracts.


As an owner-builder, any tradespeople you work with must hold the appropriate licence from NSW Fair Trading.

Do a licence check online or call 13 32 20.

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