LAWS & REGULATIONS
for Landscape Businesses
Besides typical businesses requirements (safety, tax, super, etc), the landscape industry has a few additional requirements.
In some states companies and/or individuals will need to be licensed to undertake certain landscape related works. Please refer to your appropriate state for guidelines.
State: New South Wales
License needed: any work over $200
License contact: Office of Fair Trading
License needed: for any structural work over $1,100
License contact: Building Services Authority
License needed: for any work over $5000
License Contact: Building Practitioners Board
State: South Australia
License needed: builder licence needed for most types of work
License contact: Office of Consumer and Business Affairs
License needed: If over $5000, builder license required
License contact: Tasmanian Compliance Corporation
State: Western Australia
License needed: if over $12,000 a builder license required
License contact: Builders Registration Board
State/Region: Northern Territory
License needed - nil
License contact: Building Practitioners Board
State/Region: Australian Capital Territory
License needed: currently unregistered
Licence contact: ACT Planning and Land Authority
A generic website that covers all states and territories, plus New Zealand, is Builders Licensing Australasia
In most states it is illegal to undertake work with a client if it exceeds a certain value.
Eg. In Qld, work over $3,300 must be a contract.
Remember, that contracts protect both the consumer and contractor.
For other issues, contact your business lawyer and accountant.