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. From 10 November 2014, the Plumbing Industry Council will disband and the plumbing licensing, compliance and disciplinary functions will be moved over to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC). This transfer aims to reduce costs and improve regulation efficiency for the plumbing and drainage industry. For information on notifiable work, visit the QBCC website.
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.qbcc.qld.gov.au/contractors/forms-fact-sheets-publications/forms. Some plumbing and drainage work will also be able to be performed on commercial buildings.