Plumbing and Drainage
All plumbing work in Queensland is categorised as:
- Permit Work
- Notifiable work
- Minor work
- Unregulated work
Only permit work requires an application to be lodged with Council for assessment.
A useful tool in helping to decide if you need to lodge a plumbing application can be found on the QBCC website.
Should it be determined that the proposed works is categorised as permit work, than an appliction to Council is required and the permit must be obtained prior to commencing.
Lodging a Plumbing Application
An application may require some or all of the following forms and supporting documentation/information:
- Form 1
- Form 7 (completed by plumber)
- Site Plan
- Floor Plan
- Elevations Plan
- Proposed Sanitary Drainage / Hydraulic Plan
- Site Soil Classification Report
- Sanitary Articulation Design Plan (if site classification is H, E or P)
- On-Site Sewerage Design Plan/Report (if applicable)
You may be asked to provide further information during the information request period.
For more information on what supporting documentation is require in your application, please refer to our Submitting a Plumbing Application Information Sheet
Inspections are a condition of approval and a Form 7 is to be submitted by the engaged plumber prior to booking. An inspection can be requested by calling Councils Support Services team on (07) 4939 9937.
Please also note that inspections will not be booked if there are any fees outstanding.
Any applications that require an extension of time, change in applicant or approved plans, is a request by submitting a Form 2 to Council with payment of application fees and supporting documents.
Backflow Prevention Device
Council is required under legislation to have a register of maintenance records of testable backflow prevention devices in the region.
Owners of an installed testable backflow prevention device is required to arranage for the maintenance and servicing of the device on an annual basis by a person who is licensed.
The licensed person who services, removes or replaces a testable backflow prevention device is required to provide Council a Form 9 with the results. This should be submitted within 10 business days with payment of Councils lodgement fee.
Should a form 9 not be recieved by Council, a reminder notice to the owner will be issued with penalties applying if deemed appropriate.
Onsite Sewerage Systems
Council is required under legislation to have a register of maintenance records for Aerated Waste Water Treatment Plants in the region.
The maintenance of an Aerated Waste Water Treatment Plant is a requirement under the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2018 and is essential for the satisfactory performance of the facility.
The property owner is responsible to ensure the Aerated Waste Water Treatment Plant is serviced at the required intervals by engaging a service technician who is licenced to carry out the servicing of the system.
The maintenance/service check frequency is set by the chief executive approval attached to the on-site sewerage facility installed on your property, most facilities have a maintenance/service check frequency of three months.
It is the responsibility of the service technician to provide the local government with a copy of the servicing report within 10 buisness days and a copy should be retained by the property owner.
Should a service report not be recieved by Council, a reminder notice to the owner will be issued with penalties applying if deemed appropriate.
For more information regarding Backflow Prevention Devices or Onsite Sewerage Systems please refer to Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code
For more information on Development, Building and Plumbing please refer to information sheets