Using a licensed contractor

The most important thing to remember when choosing your builder or tradie is that they must be licensed with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) (formerly the Building Services Authority). The QBCC is a government statutory authority established to regulate the building industry, and to provide information and advice to consumers and contractors throughout Queensland.

Any contractor performing building work over the value of $3,300 must hold a QBCC licence. A QBCC licence is like a driver’s licence in that it shows that the licensed person has met QBCC’s technical, managerial and financial requirements.

Checking if a contractor is licensed

You can check if a contractor is licensed by contacting the QBCC, performing an online licence search or simply asking to see the contractor's licence card – this will ensure the builder is qualified and will protect you under the QBCC’s insurance scheme, which insures your home against major defects for six years and six months.

Another way of ensuring your contractor is licensed is to build with a Master Builder.

Find a Master Builder

The Find a Master Builder search is a free service that helps you find properly licensed Master Builders for your upcoming job. The service makes finding a building contractor easy and eliminates unnecessary ringing around.

Once you have found your builder or tradie, learn more about getting quotes and contracts and variations.