Become a Licensed Builder

Who is required to be licensed as a builder or vendor?

All builders and vendors of new homes must hold a valid licence with the HCRA.

  • A builder of new homes must be licensed as a builder
  • A vendor of new homes must be licensed as a vendor
  • A builder who builds and sells new homes must be licensed as a builder/vendor
  • A builder who builds contract or custom homes on land owned by the owner of the home must be licensed as a builder

A person planning to build their own home may be an owner-builder and may not need to be licensed as a builder provided that they do not sell the home once they have completed construction. When in doubt, please contact the HCRA. If a person who plans to have a builder build their home for them, they should confirm the builder is licensed by the HCRA and that their new home is enrolled with Tarion prior to signing a contract.

For more information on licensing, and licensing definitions, see:

More Licensing Information

For more information about how to fill out a new application form on the Builder Portal, we recommend reading this guide:

New Application Form Instructions

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For more information about how to fill out a renewal application form, we recommend reading this guide:

Renewal Form Instructions

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