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.

If your company is not registered, you will not be able to the above activities using your company's name.

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.

You can register your company in one or more categories or classes of registered practitioner, but a company can only be registered in a particular category or class if at least one of its directors is registered in that category or class.

Do I need to register my company?

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

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.

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).

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.

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.

What happens to your individual registration

You need to keep your individual registration for your company to be, and stay, registered. Your individual registration will not be transferred to a company registration. This means you will need to complete the annual fee and insurance check, and registration renewal, for yourself and your company.

Eligibility

A company can be registered as a building practitioner if each of the following requirements are met:

  • at least one director of the company holds a current registration as a building practitioner
  • the VBA is satisfied that the company and each director of the company meets the prescribed personal and financial probity requirements (including directors who are not registered building practitioners)
  • none of the directors is an excluded person.

An excluded person is someone who is disqualified from registration, or who has previously been disqualified from registration, for a disciplinary reason (for instance, if their registration was cancelled, because they did something illegal under the Building Act). A person will also be excluded where an associate or related body corporate has been disqualified from registration, or if the person is a represented person under the Guardianship and Administration Act 1986.

There is no additional knowledge and experience requirement.

Once registered, the company will become a building practitioner in its own right. It will have the same responsibilities as an individual building practitioner, along with some additional duties and obligations specific to registered companies. You should read about these duties and obligations before you apply to register your company.