Remove a condition on your licence | Queensland Building and Construction Commission

What are conditions on a licence?

All QBCC licences are subject to conditions that must be met by a licensee for them to be eligible to hold one. These are known as statutory conditions. Sometimes we may put further administrative conditions or restrictions on your licence for a range of reasons.

Administrative condition or licence restriction

Administrative conditions or licence restrictions are visible on a licence search or licence card.

We may place an administrative condition or restriction on your licence when you apply if we consider it’s appropriate.

We may also impose a condition on a licence at any time after approval. If so, the QBCC must notify you of the proposed condition and invite you to provide submissions. If we decide to impose the condition, it becomes a reviewable decision. You can choose to dispute the decision if you believe there is a case to do so.

There are different types of restrictions and conditions that we may place on your QBCC licence.

  • Work condition or restriction—we may place a restriction on your licence that limits the type of work you can do (e.g. your licence class may be restricted to install and maintain, or restricted to a particular termite management system, such as HomeGuard)
  • Mutual recognition conditions —where your interstate or New Zealand licence is subject to a condition or restriction, we’ll place that condition or restriction on your QBCC licence (e.g. restricted to BCA 1a, 2, 4, 10 only).
  • Other conditions—if appropriate, we can place other conditions on your licence (e.g. a condition to provide financial information, or a condition to complete a technical course module, or a condition preventing you from continuing to carry on business until a requirement is met).

How to remove a restriction or condition

If you want to remove an administrative restriction or condition, you can contact us to discuss your options. In some cases, this can be done by meeting our requirements (e.g. addressing the reason the condition was placed on your licence in the first instance).

However, if your restriction or condition is applied as a result of attaining your licence through mutual recognition, then you may need to apply and pay the associated fees for the full class of licence you seek. This includes company licences. The Mutual Recognition Act does not provide any avenue to have conditions that achieve a like-for-like licence removed.

If your condition was imposed as a result of QBCC taking regulatory action, you should send a written request with supporting documents that show you have resolved the original underlying issue.

Penalties for not following licence conditions

If you don’t meet the condition or restriction on your licence, we may suspend or cancel your licence, or you may be subject to disciplinary action.

What are statutory conditions?

All licences are subject to statutory conditions. These are the requirements that must be met to be eligible for particular licences. For example:

  • Occupational licence condition—it is a condition of holding a contractor licence in plumbing, drainage, gasfitting or termite management—chemical, that you also hold a current occupational licence.
  • Financial requirements conditions—it is a condition of holding a contractor licence that you must continuously meet minimum financial requirements such as:
    • not exceed your issued maximum revenue by more than 10% without first providing us with appropriate financial information
    • provide us with appropriate financial information within 30 days if your net tangible assets decrease by more than:
      • 20% category 4-7 licensees
      • 30% for licensees of all other financial categories.

If statutory conditions are not met you may no longer be qualified to hold your licence. You may also be subject to disciplinary action.

Last reviewed: 30 Aug 2021 Last published: 30 Aug 2021
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