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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Note: The processing fee shown in the tables below is not refundable if the application is refused or withdrawn.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 671 1256 290
Trade or specialist contractor licence 306 610 148
Building supervisor certificate Not available 244 86
Trade or specialist work supervisor certificate Not available 221 86
Tradesperson certificate Not available 145 90
Owner-builder permit 177 68

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Corporation or partnership licences 

 

Corporation

1 year fee ($)

3 year fee ($)

Processing fee ($)

Building contractor licence 1339 2143 738
Trade or specialist contractor licence 487 1029 158

 

Partnership

1 year fee ($)

3 year fee ($)

Processing fee ($)

Building contractor licence 1116 1711 676
Trade or specialist contractor licence 425 880 158

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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Note: The processing fee shown in the tables below is not refundable if the application is refused or withdrawn.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 290 290
Trade or specialist contractor licence 290 290
Building supervisor certificate  86 86
Trade or specialist work supervisor certificate 86 86

 

Adding a trade or specialist category

Fee ($)

Processing fee ($)

Building contractor licence 148 148
Trade or specialist contractor licence 148 148
Building supervisor certificate  86 86
Trade or specialist work supervisor certificate 86 86
Tradesperson certificate  86 86

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Corporation or partnership licences 

 

Adding a building category

Fee ($)

Processing fee ($)

Corporation building contractor licence 290 290
Corporation trade or specialist contractor licence 738 738
Partnership building contractor licence 290 290
Partnership trade or specialist contractor licence 676 676

 

Adding a trade or specialist category

Fee ($)

Processing fee ($)

Corporation building contractor licence 158 158
Corporation trade or specialist contractor licence 158 158
Partnership building contractor licence 158 158
Partnership trade or specialist contractor licence 158 158

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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 the Service NSW website to renew online.

Renewals 

1 year fee ($)

3 year fee ($)

Processing fee ($) 

Building contractor licence 450 1080 50
Trade or specialist contractor licence 227 543 50
Building supervisor certificate  Not available 50 50
Trade or specialist work supervisor certificate Not available 50 50
Tradesperson certificate  Not available 50 50

 

Restoration

1 year fee ($)

3 year fee ($)

Processing fee ($) 

Building contractor licence 502 1133 50
Trade or specialist contractor licence 279 596 50
Building supervisor certificate  Not available 50 50
Trade or specialist work supervisor certificate Not available 50 50
Tradesperson certificate  Not available 50 50

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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 the Service NSW website to renew online.

Renewals 

1 year fee ($)

3 year fee ($)

Processing fee ($)

Corporation building contractor licence 669 1607 68
Corporation trade or specialist contractor licence 397 956 68
Partnership building contractor licence  508 1222 68
Partnership trade or specialist contractor licence 335 810 68

 

Restoration

1 year fee ($)

3 year fee ($)

Processing fee ($)

Corporation building contractor licence 722 1660 139
Corporation trade or specialist contractor licence 451 1010 139
Partnership building contractor licence   562 1276 139
Partnership trade or specialist contractor licence 390 861 139

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Replacement contractor licence, certificate or owner-builder permit 

 

 

Fee ($)

Processing fee ($)

Replacement contractor licence, certificate or owner-builder permit 46 46

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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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