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Carpentry Licence Northern Territory

The Building Practitioners Board handles building practitioner registration in Norther Territory. Registration is required for all residential work valued at over $12,000.
A registered building contractor is required for:

  • building work relating to a new single house / duplex, townhouse or residential unit of any height.
  • building work carried out on garages, verandas, or carports that form part of new residential units or single dwellings.
  • retaining walls for residential units or single houses.
  • extensions to existing residential units or houses.

You do not need builder registration for:

  • free-standing fences or sheds
  • alterations or renovations to existing buildings that exclude expanding the floor area.
  • building work completed on industrial or commercial buildings.
  • Retaining walls that are not for residential units or single houses.

In order to enter into contracts equalling more than $12,000 and to advertise his services, a carpenter requires the following registrations and licences:

  • Building Contractor Residential (Unrestricted)
  • Building Contractor Residential (Restricted)


The general requirements for the Building Contractor Residential (Unrestricted) registration include:

  • Specified qualifications
  • 3+ years worth of practical experience
  • 3+ independent references

The general requirements for the Building Contractor Residential (Restricted) registration include:

  • Completion of specified units in Certificate IV in Building/Certificate IV in Building and Construction OR, completion of units of a course that meets the statement of attainment of required competency requirements,
  • 3+ years of relevant experience

How to Apply

Lodge your application at the Territory Business Centre (TBC) in person, or submit it via email or standard mail.
The Australian building and construction industry is highly regulated, which results in the highest quality of international standards. The above processes outline how you can obtain your builder’s licence by state.
It’s good to remember that other options do exist. Experienced individuals need not be required to spend any unnecessary time in the classroom.

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