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Building Momentum, CBS Licence Audits Continue

January 17, 2019

Since our June 2018 update, compliance and enforcement officers from Consumer and Business Services (CBS) have progressed their building site inspection program, monitoring compliance with licensing requirements and other legal obligations.

To date over 500 licence checks have been undertaken during inspections across 10 Adelaide based construction sites. During the course of the audit, inspectors identified 37 potential breaches which were subject to further investigation. Thirty-six of those matters have now been settled by the compliance team. An additional matter continues to be investigated by the CBS enforcement team.

Where breaches are detected, follow up action is taken which may include additional on-site audits, a warning letter, undertaking, expiation or prosecution.

CBS is committed to continuing its building site inspection program into 2019 to ensure contractors, subcontractors and on-site workers are appropriately licensed or registered, and are abiding by their licence conditions. This includes builders, plumbers, gas fitters and electricians.

In addition to site inspections, CBS officers also perform a range of compliance checks including desk top searches of advertisements placed by industry, checks of credit agency reports, as well as investigating reports or complaints made by industry and members of the public.

Builders are reminded to check that their licences are current and covers any work that they intend to carry out.

If subcontractors will be engaged it is also important to check:

  • that those companies or individuals are also appropriately licensed and
  • building work is properly supervised by a registered building work supervisor.

Digital licences

Builders and tradespeople now also have the option to hold either a plastic licence card and/or a digital licence (via the mySA GOV app). Both hard copy and digital licences can be scanned and verified by CBS compliance and enforcement officers.

Licence checks can be carried out using the Licensing Public Register or for more information about licensing requirements please contact CBS on 131 882 or visit