Licensing

Plumbing, gas fitting and electrical contractors' licences

Individuals, including partners in a business, and companies must be licensed as plumbing, gas fitting or electrical (PGE) contractors if they run a business that carries out or organises PGE work.

Plumbing includes work on:

  • water or sanitary plumbing, and drainage
  • backflow prevention devices.

Gas fitting includes work on gas pipes or equipment that are downstream of:

  • the licensed gas supplier’s meter
  • a gas storage tank or cylinder.

Electrical includes installing or working on different electrical systems. The type of electrical licence will depend on qualifications.

A contractor’s licence authorises someone to run the business. You will also need to register as a plumber, gas fitter or electrician if you do the physical trade work.

Check if you can work in South Australia if you have a current interstate or overseas contractor’s licence.

Who can apply

Sole traders, partners in a business and companies (including their directors) can apply unless they have legal restrictions on their work or business, such as bankruptcy, financial receivership or a suspended trade or business licence.

You or your company can't apply if you were a director of a company that was wound up to pay creditors in the last five years - including if you were a director six months before winding up started.

What you'll need

Experience and qualifications

Check you have the right experience and qualifications to apply for a contractor’s licence. Companies will also need to show that a director also meets the business criteria.

Business criteria for contractors, companies and individuals

Finances

You need to have at least $10,000 in net assets to apply for a contractor’s licence. If you don't, you can apply for a restricted licence as a subcontractor.

Police clearance

Contractors will need to submit a National Police Certificate (NPC) no more than 12 months old. Apply for an NPC through:

You don't need an NPC if you:

  • are director of a company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange
  • have lodged an NPC with CBS within the last year
  • are an overseas resident and have never lived in Australia
  • have held a licence within the last year and are applying for an equivalent licence
  • have already supplied an NPC for a different licence issued under this Act.

Restricted licence

You could be eligible to apply for a restricted licence - in a limited partnership with a licensed contractor - if you don't have all the qualifications, business knowledge or finances.

    Fees

    Individual contractor

    • Interstate and NZ licences recognised in SA

    $568

    $467.50

    Company

    $739

    Worker and contractor licence

    • Interstate and NZ licences recognised in SA

    $1019

    $818

    Licence exemptions

    Business partners who don’t organise or do the work no longer need to hold a contractor's licence and can apply for an exemption - eg administrative partner.

    Apply for an exemption - new applicants

    Surrender your licence  - for partners who already hold a licence and would like to apply for an exemption

    How to apply

    Use this form to apply for a new licence or change the conditions on your current licence.

    Online

    1. Complete the form

    Fill in the application.

    Apply now

    2. Print and sign

    Print and sign the completed form.

    3. Scan and upload

    Scan and upload the signed form along with your supporting evidence.

    4. Payment

    You can pay by credit card using the CBS secure service on the application form.

    In person

    1. Complete the form

    Fill in the application.

    Apply now

    2. Print and sign

    Print and sign the completed form.

    3. Scan and upload

    Scan and upload the signed form along with your supporting evidence.

    4. Lodge the form

    Take your application to CBS Customer Service Centre or to a Service SA regional office along with your supporting evidence and payment.

    Post

    1. Complete the form

    Fill in the application.

    Apply now

    2. Print and sign

    Print and sign the completed form.

    3. Scan and upload

    Scan and upload the signed form along with your supporting evidence

    4. Lodge your application

    Post your application, supporting evidence and payment to:

    Consumer and Business Services
    GPO Box 1719
    Adelaide 5001

    Phone

    If you can't apply online, by post or in person call 131 882 to discuss your options with CBS staff.

    What happens next

    You will need to have your photo taken for your licence and undergo an ID check before being issued with a licence card.

    Renewals

    Your licence needs to be renewed every 12 months. If it expires, you will need to submit a new application.

    Renewal fees

    Individual contractor

    $367

    Company

    $538

    How to renew

    Online

    Make sure you have your licence number ready to renew online. You can pay by credit card using our secure service.

    Renew online

    Phone

    Make sure you have your licence number when you call. You can pay by credit card.

    Phone 1300 668 531

    Post

    Make cheque or money orders payable to the Commissioner for Consumer Affairs and attach to the front page of your renewal.

    Consumer and Business Services
    GPO Box 1719
    Adelaide 5001

    In person

    Renew and pay for your licence at:

    CBS Customer Service Centre
    91 Grenfell Street
    Adelaide

    or a regional office of Service SA.

    Changes that will affect your licence

    Notify CBS if you have committed an offence or the business has gone bankrupt. You will also need to advise CBS when you:

    Contact CBS Occupational Licensing

    Email

    Phone

    131 882

    In person

    91 Grenfell Street
    Adelaide

    Post

    GPO Box 1719
    Adelaide SA 5001


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    Page last updated 19 October 2017

    Provided by:
    Attorney-General's Department
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    Last Updated:
    19/10/17
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