An Owner Builder is the person named on the building permit that is both the property owner and the builder. Even if you technically didn’t lift a hammer yourself, but contracted tradesman to do the work, you are legally the owner builder. If there is no building permit then the property owner is the owner builder.
Owner builder property inspection reports are required by law in the state of Victoria.
Prior to selling owner built constructions, section 137B of the Victoria Building Act 1993 requires the building work to be inspected and reported on by a licenced building practitioner. The Report forms part of the Section 32 transfer documentation at time of sale.
The legislation applies to owner builders, for:
- Work WITH a permit completed within the last six years and six months
- Work with NO permit issued if completed within the last 10 years
Owner builder reports are required for works including the below, regardless of the size or cost of the project:
- Renovations (including, but not limited to tiling, cabinetry, wall removal)
- Retaining walls
- Decks and pools