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Everything You Need to Know About QBCC Licenses

Everything You Need to Know About QBCC Licenses

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) is a statutory body  established under the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991 (QBCC Act) in order to regulate the building industry.

The QBCC ensures the maintenance of proper standards within the construction industry, as well as regulating building products and providing support, education and advice for individuals or companies undertaking construction work.

They also provide licenses for people working in the building industry in Queensland, and have licenses catering for a variety of project scales. 

If you are seeking an experienced builder for your construction project, you should ensure that they are QBCC-licensed.

Who Needs a QBCC License?

As stated on the QBCC website:

“In Queensland, individuals and companies must hold a QBCC licence to carry out:

  • any building work valued over $3,300
  • building work valued over $1,100 where it involves Hydraulic Services Design
  • building work of any value where it involves:
    • Drainage
    • Plumbing and Drainage
    • Gas Fitting
    • Termite Management – Chemical
    • Fire Protection
    • Completed Residential Building Inspection
    • Building Design – Low Rise, Medium Rise and Open
    • Site Classification.”

These requirements mean that unless you are carrying out handyman work or small-scale jobs, you are likely to require a QBCC license in order to legally perform building work.

It is worth noting that if you are the employee of a business as opposed to a contractor, you will not need a license unless you are responsible for:

  • Overseeing and directing building work
  • Making sure that the building work is of a competent standard
  • Making sure the work complies with plans and specifications

You also need a license if you are overseeing any work which involves pest control, fire protection, drainage and plumbing or gas fitting.

How Do I Apply for a QBCC License?

There are various types of QBCC license classes, including ones for builders, trade contractors and companies. The license classes are further broken down in accordance with the types of builds or work you would like to do.

To apply for these licenses you will need to satisfy certain requirements, including ones related to your experience, qualifications and business practices. These requirements include meeting the Minimum Financial Requirements (MFR) outlined by the QBCC, which vary depending on your annual turnover. If you hold a contractor grade licence, you are required to meet annual financial reporting obligations.

There are also license fees which are determined by your revenue and will need to be paid before you receive your license.

The application process can be started by ascertaining which class of license you are applying for, and then downloading an application form. Application forms for the various license classes can be found at this link on QBCC website.

The Importance of Working With a QBCC-licensed Builder

If you would like to contract a construction company to carry out a commercial, residential or hospitality construction project, it is important to ensure that they have appropriate QBCC licensing for the type of project you would like them to deliver.

At Ashley Cooper Construction, our QBCC accreditation allows us to safely deliver a range of amazing construction projects for our clients throughout South-East Queensland. 

If you would like to work with a fully-licensed construction team who are experienced, communicative and dedicated to results, get in touch today and let’s discuss how we can help bring your project to life.