An owner-builder is someone who takes responsibility for domestic building work carried out on their land and is legally responsible for the project from start to finish. An owner-builder assumes the responsibilities, risks and liabilities of a builder. Some of these responsibilities last for six and a half years after completion of the building work.
You are not an owner-builder if you are engaging one building practitioner to do all the building work.
Some builders or tradespeople may ask you to sign a building permit application as an owner-builder even though they will be doing the work. If you do this it may put you at risk. The person may be unregistered or trying to avoid their legal responsibilities.
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