0430 206 032 sam@tradesa.com.au


Sam was a previous Builders License SA Manager for Government

Click on the common Supervisors builders license SA condition that interests you.

Can’t see the conditions you want? There are more within the builders Standard Conditions List

Additions – Expanding the floor area, below, at the same level and/or above an existing building and enclosing other areas without limitation. This SA builders licence is considered equal or similar to residential construction. Meaning the builders technical interview will be difficult!

Alterations – Allows structural alterations to an existing building but excludes additions. Has no height or class of building restrictions. This builders license condition for SA is a great restricted general builders licence and is a stepping stone to residential construction.

Renovations –  Makeovers of buildings or properties of all classes (e.g. bathroom, kitchen or other room), that doesn’t alter the use of the room or remove walls, doors or windows.  Includes Commercial Building Work ltd to fit outs. This builders licence condition for SA is also a great restricted general builders licence and is a stepping stone to residential construction.

Builders licence SA requirements are strict for all general builders conditions above. Speak to SA Trade Licensing before you apply.

Installation of fixed appliances that circulates airflow within a building that provides heating and/or cooling of the building space (doesn’t include the performance of associated electrical or plumbing unless ‘registered’ to perform that work). Registered means holding an unrestricted SA electrical licence or a restricted electrical license regulated by CBS.


Please note, builders licence SA requirements require air conditioning electrical workers and installers to hold two licenses – a PGE and builders license. Make sure you and your business are covered – speak to SA Trade Licensing on how this works.

Allows non-structural demolition of bathrooms laundries and WC, organisation of plumbers and electricians, preparation for waterproofing and tiling and the organisation of finishing trades without restriction of class of building.


Please note, if you’re a licensed SA plumber and advertise bathroom renovations, you must hold or apply for a builders licence SA condition to perform and contract for this building work. It’s a common issue and regularly monitored by Government departments.

Includes the construction of non-structural wall frames, insulation of walls, fixing plasterboard, cornice and flushing and suspended ceilings.



This is a popular condition for maintenance businesses – speak to SA Trade Licensing about realistic builders licence requirements in SA.

All forms of segmental paving, whether brick, clay concrete or other type of paver. Includes site preparation, earthworks and finishing (does not include concrete path paving).

This condition suits landscapers so be sure to contact SA Trade Licensing about realistic builders licence SA requirements.

Carpentry – 1st fix carpentry including floor, wall and roof framing, verandahs, pergolas, carports and decks using steel or timber. Includes light steel framing (refer to light steel framing definition) and some structural steel where required in timber framed construction, second fix carpentry eaves construction, fitting architraves and skirting, hanging doors and fitting door hardware. No limitation of height or class of building. This is a common builders licence condition for SA applicants who have completed an apprenticeship.

Joinery – Including fitting of built in furniture (as for Cabinet Making) and stair cases and windows no limitation of height of class of building.

Cabinet Making – On-site fabrication and installation of built in furniture, e.g. kitchens, linen presses, laundry cupboards or similar.

Commercial & Industrial structures with height restrictions ranging from 1 – 4 storeys as defined by the Code.

This condition is not sought after as much as a residential builders licence condition. However, builders license SA requirements are still very strict because these are classed as general builders licenses.

Demolition – All forms of demolition which includes complete or partial dismantling of a building.



Earthworks Construction – All forms of earthworks without restriction. Site preparation, excavating and trenching  associated with residential and commercial building work and all earthworks associated with civil construction.

All forms of fencing without limitation.

Please note – there are 4 additional restricted fencing conditions available. Builders license SA requirements are slightly different for each.

General Concreting – Any concrete work without limitation. Includes site preparation, trenching, installation of Damp Proof Membrane, installation of reinforcing and placing and finishing of all concrete construction.

Steel fixing – Installing reinforcing requirements for structural concrete in all classes of building.

Please note – the above SA builders conditions can be issued as Concreting & Steel fixing combined

Non-structural repairs – e.g. replace a broken piece of glass, repair a hole in a plaster board wall, fix a leaking gutter, replace a roof sheet or broken tile on a roof and timber repairs.

This is an excellent maintenance condition for anyone looking to be a handyman – speak to SA Trade Licensing about realistic SA builders license requirements.

Painting internal and external with no restriction to class of building.

Decorating includes such techniques as marbling, gold leaf, murals and wall papering.

These are popular builders license SA conditions that go well with maintenance workers.

Installation of pergolas, verandahs & carports using steel or timber. Licensee able to determine sizes, lengths, angles and set out.

FYI – If you hold a SA building carpentry licence this already covers the pergolas, verandahs & carports condition.

Non-structural makeovers of buildings or properties of all classes that doesn’t alter the use of the rooms or remove walls doors or windows. Includes Commercial building work ltd to fit outs.

Please note – this is still considered a general builders license SA condition so there’s strict requirements.

Residential structures and outbuildings with height restrictions ranging from 1 – 4 storeys as defined by the Code.

This is one of the most popular builders license SA conditions. Meaning, the builders technical interview is complex so you must be prepared or else you wont get the condition you’re after. Please note, Certificate IV in Building Construction won’t guarantee you this licence.

This SA builders licence is generally issued to tradesmen up to 2 storeys on first application.

All retaining walls without restriction. Includes preparation e.g. earthworks and drainage.


Please note – there are 3 additional retaining wall restricted conditions available. Builders licence SA requirements are slightly different for each.

Includes waterproofing of wet areas, placement of screed, wall and floor tiling to bathrooms, WC, laundry, kitchen, living areas, verandahs and balconies.

Please note that wall and floor tiling can be close to bathroom renovation works which requires a different builders license in SA.

Builders License SA Requirements

Builders license SA requirements are captured under the Building Work Contractors Act 1995.

You’re expected to understand and reference the following:

¹ National Construction Codes 1 and/or 2

² Australian Standards specific to the conditions you apply for

³ Parts within the Development Act 1993 and Regulations

Wanting to supervisesign-off any type of building work? A builders license SA registration issued by CBS is a legal requirement.

There’s 2 pathways available to apply for a SA builders license:

¹ Qualification (Trade Certificate + Work Experience)


² Builders Supervisor Interview (on-site experience)

Why choose SA Trade Licensing & Prices

Sam Cottell

0430 206 032


– Guide and prepare you for the builders technical interview – see below

– SA Builders Technical Interview specific documents to study increasing your chances of passing

– We will complete and submit all Govt. paperwork – inc. company business name

– Provide you direct link to $42 approved National Police Clearance provider – 100% online lodgement

– No taking time off work to submit documents or waste time with online applications

– We’ll provide you a Work History Report Template critical for the builders technical interview (it replaces photos, CV’s and references which holds little weight in the interview)

– Prefer a 1 hr meeting? For $121 (inc. GST), we’ll select the right conditions for you plus interview & work history preparation. Click here to book an appointment at my Adelaide CBD office.

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Prior to the technical interview you are expected to read Schedule 2 – Registration Performance Criteria.

It’s a detailed but confusing document which includes generic sections such as:

WH&S and Legislation (SA only)

– Australian Standards and Codes 1 & 2

But what parts will be tested during the SA builders technical interview?

If you’re not prepared for the interview you risk losing the builders license SA application fee!

SA Trade Licensing will:

– Guide you through Codes 1 & 2 and/or Australian Standards

– Provide specific documents to study to make sure you’re on track

– Explain exactly what to take into, areas to focus on and process of the builders technical interview

– Be there to answer any of your builders licence questions for no additional cost

– Prefer a 2 hour Residential Technical Interview Preparation Session instead of the whole builders license SA service? Click here for more information.

– Prefer a 1 hr meeting? For $121 (inc. GST), we’ll select the right conditions for you plus interview & work history preparation. Click here to book an appointment at my Adelaide CBD office.



Already hold or applying for a ‘general’ builders or ‘restricted’ SA supervisors licence?

Thinking of contracting to the public or other trades?

Then you must decide if you want to hold a builders license under:

– Your own name (sole trader)


– Company (Pty Ltd)

SA builders contractor licenses have the following benefits:

Contract or subcontract for the conditions listed on your SA general or restricted supervisors builders licence

Add (nominate) other builders who hold a SA supervisors builders licence with conditions you need to contract for complex jobs

There’s 3 builders license SA contractor requirements:

¹ National Police Clearance ($42 lowest price online) –

Each applicant/director

³ Financial Requirements (additional detailed evidence from an accountant may be required)

SA Trade Licensing will:

– We will complete and submit all Govt. paperwork – inc. company business name

– Provide you direct link to $42 approved National Police Clearance provider – 100% online lodgement

– Investigate the key areas of your business structure to ensure compliance

– Explain in plain English exactly what you or your expanding building company’s entitled to error free

– Organise each nominated supervisors licence so they can correctly represent your business.


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