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Your legal obligations as an owner-builder in Victoria

There are certain duties and responsibilities that come with carrying out works on your home or land in Victoria, some of which last for several years.
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An individual who is responsible for the domestic building works performed on their own land is termed an ‘owner-builder’. As this resource demonstrates, there are certain works that an owner-builder can and can’t perform.

There are also a number of responsibilities that an owner-builder must take on, including obtaining a ‘Certificate of Consent’ from the Victorian Building Authority (VBA). The certificate is required for any domestic building works valued at over $16,000 and carried out on the owner’s land.

Other requirements placed on an owner-builder include: ensuring the works meet building regulations and standards; complying with Occupational Health and Safety laws; and rectifying any defective building work.

When engaging a licensed tradesperson or registered builder to supervise or carry out some of the works, an owner-builder must also notify the relevant building surveyor of that person’s details. 

Access this resource to find out all you need to know about carrying out works as an owner-builder in Victoria.  

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Building Professionals

This resource is designed for owner-builders in Victoria who plan to carry out works on their own home or land.   

What does it include?

  • Definition of an owner-builder 
  • What works can be performed by an owner-builder
  • When a Certificate of Consent is required 
  • Working with other tradespeople.  

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