Plumbing Services

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The Plumbing Services Department of Burdekin Shire Council offers inspection services, plumbing approvals and advice for all sanitary plumbing and drainage installations in the area under the control of Burdekin Shire Council.

Burdekin Shire Council’s Planning and Development Department can now offer residents an on-site sewerage system design service.   Burdekin Shire residents can now request our qualified Plumbing Inspectors to prepare an on-site design.  These effluent disposal systems can be designed to suit a new residence or an upgrade/replacement of an existing system that is a requirement for a dwelling house not serviced by Council’s reticulated sewerage system.  The design will comply with current legislation and will include a site assessment.

Pre-approval advice is also available for sanitary plumbing and drainage matters and is available either on-site or in-office from qualified Council staff.

The Burdekin Shire Council has two qualified Plumbing Inspectors.  For professional advice or support, please contact the Customer Service Centre on 07 4783 9800.  We are open Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

  • Plumbing Forms

    Plumbing and Drainage Forms

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    On 1 November 2012, a new category of plumbing and drainage work called ‘notifiable work’ commenced in Queensland, reducing red tape, delays and costs for licensees, local governments and consumers. 

    What is notifiable work?

    Notifiable work extends the amount of work a plumber or drainer can perform without a local government permit or any requirement for mandatory inspections.

    Notifiable work includes most plumbing and drainage work performed in existing homes including:

    • kitchen and bathroom additions and renovations
    • installing or replacing hot water heaters including electric, solar or heat pump hot water heaters
    • installing additional fixtures such as toilets, showers and sinks
    • extending or altering pipe work.

    http://www.hpw.qld.gov.au/SiteCollectionDocuments/NotifiableWorkFormFourDownloadable.pdf

    Some plumbing and drainage work will also be able to be performed on commercial buildings.

    See link for further information. http://www.hpw.qld.gov.au/construction/BuildingPlumbing/Plumbing/NotifiableWork/Pages/default.aspx

  • Plumbing Industry – General Enquiries

    This section of the site contains information specifically for plumbers and drainers. Queensland's plumbing laws The Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 (PDA) commenced on 1 November 2003, together with the two plumbing regulations, the Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003 and the Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003. These laws apply to plumbing and drainage work [...]

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    This section of the site contains information specifically for plumbers and drainers.

    Queensland’s plumbing laws

    The Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 (PDA) commenced on 1 November 2003, together with the two plumbing regulations, the Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003 and the Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003. These laws apply to plumbing and drainage work in Queensland.

    Plumbing Code of Australia

    The Department of Housing and Public Works  http://www.hpw.qld.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx is a major step towards the development of uniform plumbing standards across Australia, as well as establishing consistent procedures for the approval of plumbing products across the nation.  Volume Three of the National Construction Code Series is produced and maintained by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) on behalf of the Australian Government and each State and Territory Government. http://www.abcb.gov.au/

    The Plumbers and Drainers Board issues licences as well as dealing with complaints and alleged breaches of plumbing standards and licences. For more information, visit our page on the Plumbers and Drainers Board.

    BCQ Newsflashes

    Building and Plumbing Newsflashes are up to the minute news and advice about emerging building legislation and standards, produced by Building Codes Queensland.

    Further information

    If you cannot locate the information you need, or have a query about plumbing and drainage issues, email Building Codes Queensland or phone 07 3235 4149.

    Last Updated: 30 September 2005

  • Plumbing Inspections

    During the course of construction, the responsible person (Plumber/Drainer) who installs the plumbing/house drainage are required under the provisions of the Standard Plumbing & Drainage Regulations to have the work inspected. Council's standard conditions of plumbing and drainage approval require inspections at the following stages: Installation of underslab drainage, under test and prior to covering [...]

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    During the course of construction, the responsible person (Plumber/Drainer) who installs the plumbing/house drainage are required under the provisions of the Standard Plumbing & Drainage Regulations to have the work inspected.

    Council’s standard conditions of plumbing and drainage approval require inspections at the following stages:

    • Installation of underslab drainage, under test and prior to covering works
    • Installation of House drainage under test and prior to covering works
    • Installation of Water rough-in, under test and prior to covering works
    • Installation of elevated pipe work, under test and prior to covering works
    • Compliance Assessment application for plumbing, drainage and on-site sewerage work
    • Within 7 days of the completion of plumbing and drainage works – final

    Work also classified under the new Form 4 Schedule may also be lodged at Council with works to be inspected.

    Inspections can be booked through Council’s Customer Service Centre provided a minimum 24 hours notice is given. The responsible person must within 7 days request a final plumbing and drainage compliance certificate for the works inspected. The inspections are carried out for the purpose of assisting Council in carrying out its duty of enforcement of the Act to the extent that Council’s resources make that possible.

    Inspections are not undertaken for the purpose of guaranteeing the quality of standards of workmanship as inspections only indicate compliance with approvals of the work at the time of inspection.

  • Saving Water and Energy

    NEW water-savings targets The Waterwise fact sheets are designed to give you a few simple tips to help incorporate water-saving principles around your home     .http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/waterwise/home.html Other websites with water saving and energy saving information http://www.cleanenergy.qld.gov.au/demand-side/solar-bonus-scheme.htm

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    NEW water-savings targets

    The Waterwise fact sheets are designed to give you a few simple tips to help incorporate water-saving principles around your home     .http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/waterwise/home.html

    Other websites with water saving and energy saving information

    http://www.cleanenergy.qld.gov.au/demand-side/solar-bonus-scheme.htm

  • Sustainable Living

    Savings for you and the environment If you own a home or are looking to buy or build, there are many ways you can incorporate sustainable living into your everyday life. By using less water and energy around the home, you will be doing your bit for the environment and you'll also save a few [...]

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    Savings for you and the environment

    If you own a home or are looking to buy or build, there are many ways you can incorporate sustainable living into your everyday life.

    By using less water and energy around the home, you will be doing your bit for the environment and you’ll also save a few dollars off your water and energy bills.

    From 1 March, 2006 changes to law will require new houses in Queensland to be more sustainable, ensuring they use water and energy more efficiently.

    This will result in new houses using 33 per cent less electricity and up to 36 per cent less water.

    As part of these laws, all new houses will be required to have:

    • Water efficient AAA-rated shower roses
    • Dual-flush toilets
    • Energy efficient lighting in at least 40 per cent of the house
    • Water pressure limiting devices in areas with high water pressure

    New units and major renovations to existing homes will require some of these measures.

    Under the laws, all newly built houses in Queensland are required to have fittings that are water and energy efficient. However, you can easily incorporate these fittings into your home.

    Here are some ways to save water and energy in your home

    1. Change to a AAA-rated shower rose

    One AAA-rated shower rose will use up to 9 litres of water per minute, which is less than half of a conventional shower rose, which can use up to 25 litres of water per minute.

    2. Switch to a dual-flush toilet

    The bathroom accounts for around a quarter of household water usage. A dual-flush toilet uses 60 % less water than a single-flush toilet.

    3. Use energy efficient lighting

    By replacing a regular bulb with a compact fluorescent globe, you could reduce the amount of energy you use for lighting by up to 80 %. They are much cheaper to run and can last around ten thousand hours.

    4. Switch to a greenhouse energy efficient hot water system

    When it comes time to replace your old hot water system, consider replacing it with a solar, electric heat pump or gas hot water system.

    5. Has your house got high water pressure? Is water being wasted?

    There are various ways of limiting the flow of water from your taps. This can range from a $2 water saving disc to a more sophisticated water pressure limiting device fitted to your water mains.

    Just remember that whatever you do – no matter how small – you can make a difference. Sustainable living is living for now and for the future.

    More information

    The introduction of these new sustainable measures followed a community consultation process which involved a discussion paper released in December 2004

    Sustainable housing measures are being implemented through the Standard Building Amendment Regulation (No. 1) 2006 ( PDF 219 kB), which calls up Rainwater Tanks (Part 25) and Sustainable Buildings (Part 29) of the Queensland Development Code

    A workshop to develop a better understanding of appropriate building design for tropical Queensland was held in Townsville in February 2005. Contentious issues raised in this workshop are discussed in a new report, Energy Efficient House Design for Tropical Queensland ( PDF 523 kB), which is available for download.

    For more information about sustainable living in your local area, contact your local council, email Building Codes Queensland, or phone 07 3239 6369.

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