Building site audits

More than 100 licences were checked at three construction sites around Adelaide recently. CBS investigators will further investigate potential breaches identified and take further action where appropriate. Officers also provided advice about CBS’ role and licensing laws under the Building Work Contractors Act 1995 and the Plumbing Gas Fitters and Electricians Act 1995.

Consumer and Business Services (CBS) has recently released the Compliance and Enforcement Policy 2018-2019 which like previous policies, has a focus on the building industry. As a result, CBS officers complete monthly inspections of building sites and carries out on-site audits with the Office of the Technical Regulator.

CBS will continue to monitor the building industry as a key priority area and will focus on:

  • individuals or companies performing unlicensed building work, including operating outside of licence conditions with particular attention on commercial, industrial and residential projects, including homebuilding, renovation and landscaping services requiring licensed building work
  • individuals or building work contractors who fail to take out building indemnity insurance when carrying out building work costing $12,000 or more that requires council approval
  • individuals or companies who take an excessive deposit from consumers
  • builders who take payment from consumers but do not complete the work

Report an individual tradie or business who you know is operating without a licence or outside of their licence conditions.