Council’s Plumbing Department carries out inspections every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7.00am to 4.00pm. Inspections requested outside of these days will have to be booked with Council’s Customer Service Centre giving a minimum 24 hours notice, as stated in the conditions of the compliance permit.
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. We can also 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.
For professional advice or support, please contact our Customer Service Centre on 47 839800 Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.
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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. 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.
Forms relating to Plumbing and Drainage work can be found at:-
The Backflow Prevention Form 9 can be downloaded from:-
> Housing and Public Works website
Plumbing Industry – General Enquiries
This section of the site contains information specifically for plumbers and drainers.
Plumbing Industry Council
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.
If you cannot locate the information you need, or have a query about plumbing and drainage issues, contact Building Codes Queensland on phone 07 3235 4149.
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
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.
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.