Changes to Victoria's (OB) building laws which came into effect on 4 July 2016

Owner builders will only require consent to undertake building works of more than $16,000 (previously $12,000). This amount will bring the certificate of consent in line with the requirement to obtain domestic building insurance if the owner builder then sells the property on which the works were carried out within a specific time frame.

Works being undertaken by owner builders will also be subject to the same regime of performance audits by the VBA as works undertaken by registered builders. The VBA can carry out performance audits of owner builder works, works undertaken by an owner who is an architect and owners carrying out works under an emergency order, a building notice or a building order.

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