Building a home in Tasmania

Builders in Tasmania have to be licensed. Check the Register of Accredited Building Practitioners via the office of the director of building control to ensure that your builder has current credentials.

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Find out whether they are accredited members of the master builders association (MBA) or the housing industry association (HIA).

how to find a licensed builder in Tasmania

Once you decide on an area of Tasmania in which to build you can get a list of local builders from the Master Builders Association of Tasmania website – click on “search for a builder”, select the region of Tasmania, then select from the list of specialities (eg, residential homes). The search will bring up a list of appropriate builders in that region together with their contact details.

New home construction
New home under construction in Tasmania – © T CHANGE

To check whether builders are members of the Housing Industry Association go to homesite, click on the “Find a Tradesperson” tab and enter a search query, either by keyword or business name.

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get quotes when building in tasmania

When you have decided on the house that you want, get quotes from three or four licensed builders.

Builders in Tasmania will not normally charge for providing initial estimates or quotes. Ask for their assurance on this.

Once they have your contruction drawings and specifications they will provide detailed quotes which will later become part of the building contract.

Compare the quotes and ensure that they are specifying the same items.

Take care on these points:

  • Do they have all insurances in place? They should provide a current certificate from their insurer.
  • A Home Warranty Insurance policy should be put in place.
  • An industry-approved contract, like the one from the Housing Industry Association, has to be signed by you and the builder. It should detail the work to be conducted and provide a breakdown of progress payments.
  • The cheapest option may not be the best. Confidence in the experience and credentials of the builder is just as important.

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House under construction
Tasmania has many licensed builders

building in tasmania at record levels

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show that the total value of construction work done in Tasmania during the year to March 2007 was $1.80 billion, an increase of 4.6% over the previous year.

In the twelve months to March 2007 the number of residential building approvals in Tasmania increased by 9.4%, contrasting with a 2.3% decline Australia-wide.


“The construction industry in Tasmania employs about 12,500 people and more than 1,000 apprentices are in training.”

Stuart Clunes, Regional Director of the Housing Industry Association
May 2007

looking for inspiration?

The Home Ideas Centre is a source of information about building materials, suppliers and tradesmen. There are branches in Hobart and Launceston where you can see displays.

Visit the home ideas centre website and click on the link for either Hobart or Launceston to find information on building in the local area.

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For building and renovating ideas and guides, plus a catalogue of products and professionals in Tasmania, visit

climate change?

Although Tasmania’s electricity is generated from water and wind power, and from clean-burning gas, at certain times the State purchases power from Victoria via Basslink. Victoria’s energy is from coal-fired stations.

Are you concerned about climate change and global warming? Building a home with the best possible insulation will help to reduce electricity consumption. In the long run it will save you money too.