Become a Licensed Builder/Vendor

New Applicants for Licences

How to Apply

To begin a licence application, go to the Builder Portal and create an account. The Builder Portal is an online service for builders and vendors to manage and submit forms electronically and pay fees. The HCRA is committed to making the application process fair and efficient, and will only be accepting applications, supporting documents and fee payments through the Builder Portal. Those unable to apply through the Builder Portal and requiring an accommodation should contact the HCRA Licensing and Customer Service Department at info@hcraontario.ca.

What Is Needed to Apply

Before starting a licence application, the following information needs to be ready. This list applies to the primary contact and any principals

, officers, directors, partners and interested persons in the business.

  • Date of Birth
  • Driver's Licence Number

Reminder – before applying make sure to have:

  • Statements of achievement (or other confirmation of successful completion) of required competencies submitted to the HCRA by the education provide and/or notification from the HCRA that any required equivalencies or exemptions have been granted
  • Criminal Record and Judicial Matters check results.

Application Fees for New Applicants

As part of the application for a licence, applicants will be required to pay a licensing fee to the HCRA. The required fee will be different depending on whether the applicant is part of an umbrella group or not. An umbrella group means that the applicant shares at least one common principal

, director, officer or partner with another licensed vendor/builder.

  1. New licence feeUmbrella

    This is a one-time, new licence fee of $750 for those applying as part of an umbrella group. This fee is lower than non-umbrella applicants based in part on administrative efficiencies in the review of historical records of the shared principal(s), director(s), officer(s) or partner(s).
  2. New licence fee – Non-Umbrella

    This is a one-time, new licence fee of $3,000 for a new applicant with no history as a licensee or previous registration with Tarion.

Fee payment is conveniently offered through the Builder Portal. Those unable to make a payment through the Builder Portal and requiring an accommodation should contact the HCRA Licensing and Customer Service Department at info@hcraontario.ca. Please note that HCRA reviews the application after payment has been received. If payment has not been received within 10 business days, the application will be automatically treated as withdrawn.

Renew a licence

To remain licensed as a builder or vendor, a licence must be renewed before it expires.
Most builder and vendor licences will have an expiry date that is 12 months from the date the licence is issued. The renewal due date is 30 days before the expiry date of the licence. In order to assist in meeting this 30-day renewal due date, the HCRA will send a reminder approximately 60 days before the licence is set to expire. The renewal application can begin at that time.

Continuing to build or sell new homes after a licence expires is illegal under the New Home Construction Licensing Act, 2017 (NHCLA).

On February 1, 2021, the Home Construction Regulatory Authority (HCRA) became responsible for licensing new home builders and vendors in Ontario. Licensing was previously done through registration with Tarion. If you were registered with Tarion, your registration automatically transitioned to a licence with the HCRA.

To support a smooth transition to the new regulator, some licence expiry dates have been extended. Registrants with an expiry date of November 1, 2020 through to March 31, 2021, were advised by Tarion of up to a 150-day extension.

This provides time for the builder to become familiar with the HCRA requirements and process before needing to complete their renewal form.

After this one-time extension, licences will revert to their previous expiry dates for the next renewal by the HCRA (For example, if your expiry date was December 1, 2020 but was extended, the new licence expiry date will be December 1, 2021). If you have any questions about your expiry date or renewal requirements, please email the HCRA Licensing and Customer Service Department at info@hcraontario.ca.

How to Renew A Licence

To begin a renewal application, applicants must use the Builder Portal. The Builder Portal is an online service for builders and vendors to manage and submit forms electronically and pay fees. The HCRA is committed to making the application process fair and efficient, and will only be accepting renewal applications, supporting documents and fee payments through the Builder Portal. Those unable to apply through the Builder Portal and requiring an accommodation should contact the HCRA Licensing and Customer Service Department at info@hcraontario.ca.

Part of the application renewal is a requirement to truthfully attest to additional details provided in the application such as a listing of all interested persons associated with the application, information about past conduct and criminal history, and compliance with laws. Failure to complete an honest attestation will impact the Registrar’s assessment of the applicant’s honesty and integrity.

As part of the renewal application process, payment of a renewal fee of $500 is required. Payment is conveniently offered through the Builder Portal. Those unable to make a payment through the Builder Portal and requiring an accommodation should contact the HCRA Licensing Department at info@hcraontario.ca. The HCRA reviews renewal application after payment has been received. If payment is not received within 10 business days, the application for renewal will be automatically treated as withdrawn.

Late Renewals

All applications submitted after the renewal due date

(30-days before the expiry date of the licence), but before the expiry date itself, are subject to a late renewal fee. Once a licence is expired, renewal is no longer an option. A new application for a licence is required. This may include fulfillment of all requirements as a first-time applicant such as completion of education courses, a Criminal Record and Judicial Matters check and an interview. Case-by-case exceptions may be considered based on extenuating circumstances.

Late Renewals in the HCRA’s first year of operations

Due to the extenuating circumstances of transitioning responsibility for regulating new home builders and vendors from Tarion to the HCRA, for the first year of operations, the HCRA Registrar will accept renewal applications for up to three months after an expiry date. If a renewal application is submitted after the renewal due date

and within three months after the expiry date, a late fee of $600 will be charged in addition to the $500 renewal fee.

If, in the first year of operations, a renewal application is submitted more than three months after the expiry date, the renewal application will not be accepted, and a new application for a licence will be required.

As of January 31, 2022, the extenuating circumstances of the transition year will no longer apply.