Consumer building guide

The Consumer building guide is a mandatory document issued by NSW Fair Trading. By law, tradespeople must give consumers a copy of the guide before they sign a contract for residential building work worth more than $5,000.

Some building industry associations also provide the Consumer building guide as part of their sample contracts. Contact your industry association for more information about this service.

The content of the Consumer building guide can be reproduced and included as part of home building contracts on the following conditions:

  • You do not modify the information
  • The NSW Government logo is not reproduced unless the PDF of the Consumer building guide is reproduced in its original format and without alteration.

For any use of the information other than including it in home building contracts, refer to our Copyright page.

Changes to the guide

If you have a guide from before 29 June 2018, it is no longer accurate. Traders should use the updated guide and updated contracts as soon as possible. An educational approach to compliance will be taken for a period of 6 months until 31 December 2018.

View the related Statement of Regulatory Intent (PDF, 224.88 KB).

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