Am I An Owner Builder?

Am I An Owner Builder?

Whether you are or aren’t an owner builder can sometimes be a tricky concept to get your head around.

Even if you didn’t personally lift a hammer, but rather project managed different trades to do the work, – you are still, legally, the owner builder.

To summarise, you are an owner builder if you:

  1. Use your own skills to build, extend or renovate your home
  2. Manage sub-contractors to do the work on your behalf
  3. Are a registered builder who builds, extends or renovates a home on your property

As an owner builder you would be responsible for –

  • Doing all or part of the work yourself, except work that must be carried out by licensed tradespeople
  • Checking the licenses and registration of tradespeople before they are contracted
  • Arranging insurance
  • Managing the occupation health and safety of the workers on your property
  • Obtaining permits and organizing building inspections
  • Ensuring the work meets building regulations and standards

There are many advantages to being an owner builder including better control, cost savings and flexibility.

Risks to consider include unknown budgetary issues, facing complex and unfamiliar situations, and shouldering the overall responsibility for the project and finance.

If you’d like to speak to a professional about your home project, don’t hesitate to call the team at Jim’s Building Inspections on 131 546 or click to enquire and we will give you a call.


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