Roofing Contractor Licenses

Types of Insurance Required for Roofing Companies in Australia

If you do business as a roofing contractor in any state or territory, you must have a business licence. Aside from compliance, licencing has some other benefits. You can network with other area professionals, and show potential customers that you can do the job right. Licencing is typically inexpensive and straightforward: assuming you meet the qualifications, it’s often just a matter of submitting the correct form. If you run into difficulties, government staffers are typically willing to help.

Here are the basic requirements in the different states. If you have specific questions, ask a local professional. Requirements often vary depending on the size of your organization and the specific type of work you intend to do. Be advised that if you have customers in more than one state, you’ll need a licence for each jurisdiction, although partnering with a local and licenced firm may be an option in some circumstances.


Roofers are divided into two categories. Most roofers will probably need to be licenced in both areas.

· Roofing: To perform comprehensive replacement services, such as installing a new roof on a new or pre-owned home, licenced roofers must obtain insurance of at least $50,000 per incident for residential work and $100,000 per incident for commercial work. The total value of the policy must be at least $5 million. In terms of the licence itself, roofers must complete a Certificate II course and pass an exam pertaining to the desired area of work.

· Roofing Improvement: For improvement projects involving cement, shingle tiles and terracotta, builders must have a DB-L-K licence. The application requires a familiarity with building codes and procedures, verification of identity, work history and qualifications, character references, insurance, a signed declaration and fee.

The fees vary according to the length and type of licence, but generally run about $800 for a one-year licence, and $250 per year in renewal fees. Shorter durations are available for smaller projects.

New South Wales

Following the model in other states, there are several licenses that most roofers will need in New South Wales:

  • Roof Tiling and Roof Slating: To fix roof tiles or slates to an exterior surface, the contractor must have a certificate in Roof Tiling or General Construction and pay a fee of about $650, with an annual renewal of about $300. There are two different licenses in this category.
  • Roof Plumbing: Roof plumbing work is broadly defined as any installation, renovation, alteration or repair around guttering, downpipes, roof flashing and roof covering. Licence-holders must hold at least two certificates in Roof Plumbing, have an acceptable level of insurance and pay the $650 application and $300 annual renewal fee.

Prior licence-holders may be eligible for expedited consideration in some cases.


In addition to the licence for roofing repair and installation, there’s a third licence for designing and installing roof cladding. All these license are available through the Queensland Building and Construction Commission for about a $600 fee and a $300 annual renewal. Contractors must also have an appropriate amount of insurance.

South Australia

Roofers should obtain a Building Work Contractors Licence. You must meet financial qualifications regarding insurance and solvency. Once you have the required certificates and pay the $594 fee, you’ll be issued a license that’s renewable at about $300 per year.

Western Australia

There’s no specific roofing licence in Western Australia, so roofers are generally covered by a Building Practitioner licence from the Building Commission. You must submit proof of your qualifications, experience and financial stability, and pay a fee of $560 for a three-year licence.


Hobart may recognize non-Tasmanian licences, and even some foreign licences, in many circumstances.

To obtain a Building Permit, you must have at least two years’ experience, demonstrate minimum competency levels and financial solvency, and pay a $532.80 fee. Tasmania also requires ongoing professional responsibility classes.

Northern Territory

The Building Practitioners Board issues licences for building new homes, extensions and additions. You need a licence to work on anything other than a free-standing non-residential building, like a shed or barn, or a purely commercial structure.

If you’re an individual licenced in another state, you can simply pay a $1,021 Mutual Recognition Fee. Other individuals must submit proof of identity, professional standing and financial stability, along with a $255 application fee and an additional $766 upon approval.

Australian Capital Territory

Roofers should obtain a Class C Building Licence from the ACT Planning and Land Authority. This permit will allow you to work on most low-rise, residential structures that do not contain asbestos. You must have two years’ experience, submit the required documentation and pay a $436 fee, or, if you’re licenced in another state or New Zealand, you can request mutual recognition and pay the appropriate fee.

Contact a local authority for more information about licences required for roofing companies in Australia.