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Having greater control over the building project is attractive to many people, but it is important to be aware of the responsibilities and obligations of being an owner builder.  You are legally responsible for the project from start to finish. Certain responsibilities occur for six and a half years after completion. 

In addition, you will also be liable if the building work fails to comply with the relevant building regulations and safety standards. If someone has recommended that you become an owner builder but they take care of and organise all the work – you are putting yourself at significant risk.

In Victoria, owner builders can only build or renovate one home every three years. If you wish to undertake work as an owner builder and the value of works is greater than $12,000 , ou must apply for an Owner Builders Certificate of Consent from the Victorian Building Authority.

Owner Builder Application Kits and Information Statements are available from: Victorian Building Authority

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