QBCC Licensing and what it means for our clients
The Status Signs team of designers, administrators, manufacturers and managers are proudly QBCC qualified.
As the only sign company in North Queensland with in-house manufacturing and installation to hold this qualification, clients can be rest assured that Status Signs is legally compliant.
The QBCC Qualification, backed by the experience of Owner & Managing Director Rhys Carmady, enables Status Signs to tender on signage projects which require structural engineering.
This is important, as it provides customers with the peace of mind, that Status Signs is licensed to carry out work in excess of $3,300.
When is a license required?
A license is required when an individual or company wants to carry out, undertake to carry out or supervise building work valued over $3,300 (including labour and materials) in Queensland.
What is the license class for the signage industry?
Builder restricted to special structures (signs).
(a) construction, installation, maintenance or repair of signs and supporting structures for signs; and
(b) Concreting work for footings for supporting structures for signs; and
(c) prepare plans and specifications for signs and supporting structures for signs if the plans and specifications are –
(i) for the licensee’s personal use; or
(ii) for use in building work to be performed by the licensee personally.
Why is a license required in the signage industry?
Simply, for public safety and to ensure that manufacturers have the equipment, skill and experience to understand how to design and install signage to meet code compliance.
Signs are installed in high profile, but often dangerous locations. Additionally, many are fitted with electrics.
These signs require special fixings and footings, and an understanding of how to engineer the framework to withstand the environmental factors, or exposure to vandalism or damage.
What are the benefits of the QBCC license to the customer?
As the owner of the sign, you want confidence that corners won’t be cut, as the responsibility will inevitably fall to you if a sign is unsafe, or poses a risk to the public.
QBCC license holders have to meet strict criteria and demonstrate years of experience, suitable insurance and meet financial audits.
It is important to ensure that the person you have contracted with to perform the building work holds an appropriate QBCC license. They will have one in the company name, and one in the name of the person who will be overseeing the work.
The Online License Search (www.qbcc.qld.gov.au) facility should be used to check that the licensee holds an active license and one that covers the type of work to be performed.
When the work is to be carried out by a company it should have its own license number and not be working under an individual licensee's license number.