Building and renovating a home
Residential building work that requires a registered builder
This page has information about when you must use a registered builder for residential building work in the Northern Territory (NT).
When you must use a registered builder
You must use a registered builder for prescribed residential building work. Find out what is prescribed building work.
When you construct a new home you must:
- use a registered building contractor - either a building contractor residential (restricted), or a building contractor (unrestricted)
- or become registered as an owner builder.
For buildings of three storeys or more, you must employ a building contractor residential (unrestricted).
Extensions and renovations
You may need to use a registered building contractor for your renovation or extension.
Check the table of residential building work that requires permits to see if you need a registered building contractor.
Finding a builder
Read about choosing a builder or contractor.
Becoming an owner builder
You may choose to become a registered owner builder. Find out how to get an owner builder certificate.
Owner-builders can't construct, extend or renovate duplexes, townhouses, flats or units.
Last updated: 07 March 2019