Owner Builder Inspections

Owner- Builder Information (Victoria Only)

Who is an Owner-Builder?

The person named on the building permit as both the property owner and the builder. Even if technically you didn't lift a hammer yourself, but contracted tradesman to do the work, legally, you are the owner builder. If there is no building permit then the property owner is the owner builder.


Why is the Report required?

Legislation. Prior to selling owner built constructions, section 137B of the Victoria Building Act 1993 requires the building work to be inspected and reported on by a licenced building practitioner. The Report forms part of the section 32 transfer documentation at time of sale.


The legislation applies to owner-builders, for work WITH a permit completed within the last six years and six months, and if NO permit was issued, work completed within the last 10 years.

Work requiring an Owner Builder Report includes additions, renovations (including tiling, cabinetry, wall removal etc), verandahs, pergolas, retaining walls, decks and pools ? regardless of the size or cost of the project.


Warranty Insurance. If the trade value of the work is more than $16,000, a report AND warranty insurance is required. Trade value of work less than $16,000, requires a report only and no insurance.


How to get advice

Most conveyancers and lawyers are well aware of this complex legislation. However basic information is available from our office together with assistance in obtaining warranty insurance, if required.

The following informative publications are available:

1-Sample Owner-Builder Report.

2-Owner-Builder information.


What is inspected?

Unlike a standard council mandatory inspection, as part of a Building Permit, a specialist s137B Owner-Builder Defects Report also details non-structural and cosmetic building elements -including the quality of the workmanship. We often find defects that were overlooked at previous mandatory inspections.

 Some common building defects are:

  • ground level under house lower than external paving or landscaping
  • insufficient freeboard to floorslab (AS 2870)
  • insufficient clearance under windows (BCA 3.3)
  • incorrect, missing or unsealed vertical articulation joints. (BCA
  • no safety glass
  • scoring of metal valley flashings
  • non-compliance of stairs
  • sticky windows and doors

 All our inspections and reports comply with Australian standard AS 4349.1. We have a fast turnaround time of around two to three days from booking the inspection to receiving the report.


Book an owner builder property inspection today

To obtain your owner-builder report simply ring our office on 1300 558 119 to arrange an inspection.


We also offer  Quality Assurance and Pre-Purchase Inspections for your next home.