When do you need a QBCC licence?

When do you need a QBCC licence?

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

1. Any building work valued over $3,300

2. Building work valued over $1,100 where it involves Hydraulic Services Design

3. 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

Note that the value of building work is the reasonable cost to a consumer of having the work carried out by a licensed contractor on the basis that materials, labour and GST are included, regardless of who supplies the materials. This can sometimes be referred to as the ‘market value’.


Licence classes

The scope of work for each QBCC licence class outlines the range of building work for that class. The building work you do must be covered by your licence. For some work, you may need more than one licence class.


Can a trust have a QBCC licence?

A trust cannot obtain a QBCC licence. The trustee of the trust must apply for the licence.


Do employees need a licence?

If you are overseeing work that involves plumbing and drainage, gas fitting, pest control or fire protection, you need a QBCC licence regardless of the value of the work.

If you are an employee, you don’t need a licence unless you become responsible for:

  • Overseeing and directing the building work
  • Ensuring the work is of a competent standard (i.e. free of defects)
  • Ensuring the work complies with the plans and specifications


Further help

If you wish to discuss this article with one of our specialist QBCC accountants, please contact us. You can reach us on (07) 3023 4800 or at mail@marshpartners.com.au.

Visit our QBCC page to find out more about how we help.

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