Important Change to Electrical Licences

As all contractors would be aware, under the Electrical (Licensing) Regulations 1991, a person who carries on business as an electrical contractor must have an Electrical Contracting Licence.  

Where a business structure changes (i.e. an electrical contractor moves from being a sole trader to a Pty Ltd company), that new entity will need to apply for a new Electrical Contracting Licence in its own right.  

Previously entities have been able to transfer a contractor’s licence number from one entity to another if the ownership of that license has remained the same.

However, as of 23 July 2020, an Electrical Contracting Licence number can no longer be ‘transferred’ from one entity to another.

This means if you change your company structure, you will need to apply for a new electrical licence. 

If your new entity does not obtain a new Electrical Contracting Licence it will be committing an offence under the Regulations and the entity will be liable to a penalty of up to $250,000.

NECA WA apologises for the late notice of this change however, we were not informed by Building and Energy of the change until very recently.