Updated: Apr 9, 2019
The Queensland Building and Construction Commission says it is targeting fake tradespeople and scammers taking advantage of Townsville residents affected by the floods.
The QBCC said it was sending additional inspectors from Cairns, Mackay and Brisbane to conduct licence checks this week.
Commissioner Brett Bassett said the QBCC has heard reports of people claiming to be licensed contractors when they were not.
“The QBCC conducts random compliance audits regularly throughout the state," he said.
"But with Townsville residents currently in clean-up mode and local media reports of people being ripped off, we will be on the hunt for these particularly brazen perpetrators."
Mr Bassett said there were significant penalties for people caught performing unlicensed building work.
"Individuals can be hit with fines of up to $45,000 or even face prison time," he said.
Mr Bassett said homeowners could report unlicensed contractors to the QBCC via 139 333.
He encouraged homeowners to see a contractor’s QBCC licence and check the licensee’s history on the QBCC website.