Planning to be an owner-builder?

Building your own place can be a source of immense pleasure and potential frustration. For those wanting to take on the challenge you need to be aware that you have a number of obligations under the Building Act with which you must comply.

Owner-builders need to understand not only the technical aspects of building, but also the administrative, legal, Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) and taxation requirements associated with building construction.

In Victoria, an owner-builder can only build or renovate one house every five years and must intend to live in the house once completed.

If the value of the domestic building work to be undertaken is more than $16,000 you must have a certificate of consent from the Victorian Building Authority to be an owner-builder.

Find out more information about becoming an Owner Builder on the Victorian Building Authority's website.