Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 – 5 ways to prepare

Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020

Get ready for 1 July: 5 ways to prepare for the DBP Act

From 1 July 2021, many practitioners working on class 2 buildings will have new obligations under the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020.

You may need to:

With just one month to go until registrations open, find out how you can prepare now.

These changes apply to Professional Engineers, Design Practitioners and Building Practitioners working on class 2 buildings or buildings with a class 2 part. The NSW Fair Trading website has detailed eligibility criteria for individuals and organisations.

Find information for designers and builders and engineers



Got 5 minutes to spare?

Watch our videos explaining the changes, including information on eligibility, registration and your new obligations.

Watch the videos for Design and Building Practitioners

Watch the video for Engineers

Before registering, Design and Building Practitioners must complete and pass two online learning modules:

The modules aren’t mandatory for Professional Engineers, but you can complete them to learn more about the changes.

Tip: Make sure to keep your module certificates as proof of completion – you’ll need these when you register.

Complete the modules online

To register online from 1 July, you’ll need to submit documents including:

  • Proof of identity
  • A police check
  • A copy of your degree or other qualifications

You’ll also need to provide evidence of your recent and relevant work experience.

Read registration information for Design and Building Practitioners

Read registration information for Engineers

Once registered, Design and Building Practitioners will have new obligations for declaring and lodging designs on the NSW Planning Portal.

Visit our website to learn more about these new requirements.

Design and Building Practitioner obligations