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Home building and renovating 

Reforms to Home Building laws

New home building laws started on 15 January 2015. Further amendments will start on 1 March 2015. For more information go to the Major reforms to home building laws page.

Are you thinking of building your dream home? Maybe you're about to renovate, extend or repair your existing home.

NSW Fair Trading:

  • plays a major role in promoting fair trading 
  • protects consumers within the NSW residential building industry
  • is responsible for setting and maintaining the standard of competence for builders and tradespeople working in the industry.

The Home Building Act 1989 requires builders and tradespeople to be licensed for the work that they do, and to have proper contracts and insurance in place for most jobs.

In this section you will find a range of useful information to help you understand your rights and responsibilities when you build or renovate your home:

Listen to information about your home and building or renovating your home

Last Updated: 23 January 2015   
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This information must not be relied on as legal advice. For more information about this topic, refer to the appropriate legislation.

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