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.