Being an owner builder

Generally an owner builder is defined as a person who constructs or renovates a building on their own land, who is not in the business of building.

An owner builder is responsible for obtaining building permits, supervising or undertaking the building work and ensuring building work meets building regulations and standards.

To carry out domestic building work valued over $16,000, an owner builder must first obtain a Certificate of Consent from the Victorian Building Authority. A Certificate of Consent is an individual's written approval to act as an owner builder on their own land in Victoria, conditions apply.

You can get more information about being an owner/builder from the Victorian Building Authority website.