Owner Builder vs Registered Builder
In Victoria, constructing a shed offers two options: hiring a Registered Builder or taking on the role of an Owner Builder.
Building your shed as an owner-builder can be a great way to save money, but there is a lot more work aside from the building that needs to be done.
A registered builder is an experienced and licensed professional that will take care of the whole process for you. A registered builder must follow strict building regulations while ensuring work is done safely.
An Owner Builder must:
- Obtain the correct permits
- Supervise and undertake all the building work
- Ensure all required inspections are completed and repair any defects
- Make sure you have the correct insurances
- Be responsible for keeping everyone safe as your property will become a workplace for OH&S laws
- Obtain a certificate of consent from the VBA if the work costs more than $16,000
- Engage with more than one tradesperson to do the building work
A Registered Builder will do the following:
- Conduct site visits
- Prepare all contracts
- Supply domestic building insurance
- Ensure you have all the correct permits
- Make sure that your shed meets regulations and standards
- Contract all trades required to complete the build
While choosing to build as an owner-builder can give you more control and flexibility, building a shed can sometimes be a complicated process as there are many regulations to understand and strong technical knowledge is required. A registered builder will already have this all covered for you knowing the ins and outs of the shed building process.
As a registered builder, All Sheds can take care of everything listed above, making the process of building your shed easier for you.