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How to find out if a contractor is licensed

Written by Fitzpatrick Group • Accountant
Published on 22 May, 2019

It is important to protect yourself and your investment by making sure you hire the right people for doing the job. This is why it is important to know how to find out if a contractor is licensed

You can visit NSW Fair Trading website and use their online tool to check your contractor and tradesperson is qualified and/or licensed to do the job, for example – contractor & tradespersons, conveyancers, charitable fundraising, liquor, home building compensation, property, lotteries, security, trainers and providers and many more.


What will a license check tell me?

The licence check will tell you the following:

  • licence holder’s name
  • licence number/s
  • categories or types
  • expiry dates
  • details of what type of licence or certificate is held and its current status,
  • details of any cancellation or suspension under the Home Building Act 1989 (the Act) of the Fair Trading Act 1987
  • details of any conditions endorsed on the licence or public warnings issued regarding the holder under section 23 of the Act, formal cautions, penalty infringement notices and any instances of non-compliance with a related tribunal order
  • the results of any prosecution against the licence holder under the Act (other than any prosecution that does not result in the holder being found guilty of an offence under the Act)



Home Building Licence Check

Who needs to be licenced?

A licence is required for:

  • residential building work valued at more than $5,000 (inc GST) in labour and materials
  • all specialist ( includes electrical wiring, plumbing, drainage and gasfitting work and air conditioning and refrigeration work except plug-in appliances) work regardless of its cost

Tips when choosing a trades-person or contractor:

  • look forget more than one written quote
  • ask for references and examples of past work
  • remember not to pay any money without a written contract

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