Exemptions from levy

Maximum exemption

  • The maximum discount of the levy is 50%.

Minimum levy payable

  • The minimum levy payable irrespective of any exemption is $50.00.

Owner builders

  • Those applicants holding an Owner Builder Permit, issued by the NSW Fair Trading, may be entitled to a reduction in the levy proportional to the amount of their own labour performed during the work. Click here to login to the Levy portal.

Procedures for owner builders

  • If you are eligible for an owner builder partial levy exemption, the levy amount payable will be automatically calculated when you apply online using the Levy portal.
  • Once your approving authority (council or private certifier) issues your building approval (Construction Certificate, Complying Development Certificate), you may then apply to the NSW Fair Trading for your Owner Builder Permit.
  • You can apply online for an owner builder partial levy exemption using the Levy portal.
  • Owner builder exemption applications with a cost of works of less than $500,000 and a voluntary component of less than 50%, will be processed automatically online and the approved levy amount can be paid.
  • Your application for an owner builder partial levy exemption should be made at the time of paying the levy online or within 12 months of the levy being paid.

Churches and non-profit organisations

  • Maybe entitled to a reduction in the levy proportional to the amount of voluntary labour performed during the work. You can apply for a non-profit organisational partial exemption and the levy amount payable will be automatically calculated when you apply online using the Levy portal.
  • Your application for a non-profit organisation partial exemption should be made at the time of paying the levy online or within 12 months of payment of the levy being paid.
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