Building Companies

Your company must be registered as a building practitioner if you want to do any of the following using your company name instead of your individual name:

  • Enter into major domestic building contracts.
  • Be named as a builder on a building permit for major domestic building work, or any other work costing more than (in most cases) $10,000.
  • Be appointed as the relevant building surveyor.

Do I need to register my company?

I am a sole trader:

No – you can carry out work using your individual registration.

I operate my business as a partnership:

No – partnerships cannot be registered. However, there are additional requirements for building practitioners who are applying for company registration as a member of a partnership. If you already hold an individual registration, you can continue carrying out work using this registration.

I am a registered Domestic Builder:

Yes – if you want to use a company name to enter into major domestic building contracts. Domestic Builder includes Domestic Builder (Unlimited), Domestic Builder (Limited to a class of work) and Domestic Builder (Manager).

I am a registered Building Surveyor:

Yes – if you want your company to be appointed as a relevant building surveyor. You do not need to register your company if you only intend to be appointed as a relevant building surveyor using your individual registration.

I am registered in a class other than Domestic Builder:

You only need to register your company if you want to name your company as the builder on a non-domestic building permit worth more than (in most cases) $10,000.

Disclaimer

  • The above information may not cover all practitioners in all circumstances.
  • The VBA cannot provide advice about business decisions.

Decisions about whether to register your company may have a financial impact on your business. Please consult your business adviser or industry association if you need help deciding whether you should register your company with the VBA.

What happens if my company is not registered?

If your company is not registered:

  • you will not be able to enter into major domestic building contracts using your company’s name;
  • your company cannot be named on a building permit as a builder, if the permit is for major domestic building work or other building work costing more than (in most cases) $10,000; or
  • your company will not be eligible to be appointed as a relevant building surveyor.

If you enter into a major domestic building contract using your individual name, a building permit cannot be issued unless the name on the contract matches the name on the certificate of insurance.

Serious penalties apply for saying or implying that you, or your company, are registered, if this is not true.

Company Registration fees

Fees for company registration can be found in our Fees and Payments section.