It's a legal requirement! Queensland Building Licenses

Updated: Jan 8, 2020

Open Projects Group is dedicated to providing a legal, safe and sound service to our clients. All of our on and off-site teams are fully qualified in their respective trades and we are licensed through the QBCC. (QBCC Licence number: 15023535)

Open Projects Group has always realised the risks and legalities around outsourcing tradesmen for our shopfitting builds. As such, we do not outsource any part of our shopfitting process. We facilitate the entire process from site visits, designs and submissions to specifying and supplying commercial kitchen equipment and manufacturing the components in our purpose built 3600m2 factory. Open Projects then furnishes your venue, inspects and hands over to you, ready to operate.

STAY IN THE KNOW Monique StClair (June 18, 2019)ORIGINAL ARTICLE Another multi-agency on the Gold Coast has uncovered numerous building offences.Over two days last week 10 local, state and federal agencies swept 66 residential and high-rise building sites, checking the licences and work of 379 people. This is the second time this year that a multi-agency blitz has been carried out on the Gold Coast.

Multiple offences were detected, including one that could have had tragic consequences.QBCC Commissioner, Brett Bassett, says various building and safety issues were identified, including the discovery of an unsupervised, unlicensed minor performing electrical work, while reportedly posing as an apprentice.

QBCC, the building authority and Queensland, have begun what looks like the first stages of a compliance blitz to catch out unqualified and unlicensed builders across the state.

BE AWARE OF THE LAWS ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Trade Licensing in Queensland – What You Need to KnowCraig Gibson (September, 14 2018)

Licensing TradesAre you aware that most tradies working in the home improvement and building industry need to be licensed for the work they carry out? Licensed trades have the appropriate qualifications and training for the work they carry out. Licensing is designed to protect you, the homeowner, from unqualified tradespeople. Use to check a tradie's licensing details.

When is a Licence Required?In Queensland a licence is required for all building work valued over $3,300 (inclusive of labour and materials). In addition a select range of jobs require licensing irrespective of the value of the work. These are gas fitting, drainage, plumbing, chemical termite management, fire protection, residential building inspection, building design and site classification.

Checking a LicenceContractor licences can be checked using an online licence search, where you will typically require the name of the individual or business together with the licence number. The licence needs to be active and cover the type of work to be undertaken. For this you need to be sure the licence class matches the job they will carry out. In Queensland builders for example are registered in ‘low rise’, ‘medium rise’ and ‘open’ classes – all with a defined scope of work.

Licensing Authorities in QueenslandIn Queensland a range of bodies register, accredit and license trades and building professionals, including:

Building Services Authority (BSA)

Board of Architects of Queensland

Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Plumbing Industry Council

Queensland Health

Unlicensed Contracting

Unlicensed contractors are liable to fines and/or prosecution and can be reported by members of the public to the appropriate licensing authority.