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