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Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 – 24 March 2016

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Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 – 24 March 2016

Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003 – 1 July 2016

Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003 – 10 November 2014

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The Service Trades Council is established. Functions of the council include: (a) conferring on national policy development and implementation for the trade; (b) reporting to the Minister on: (i) any issue relating to the trade the Minister refers to it; or (ii) any issue relating to the trade the council considers the Minister should know about; (c) making recommendations to the QBCC commissioner about the performance of the commissioner’s functions under the Act, etc. For a full listing of council functions, refer to section 6 of the Act.

  • Sections 5, 6, 7, 33Y

The QBCC commissioner may issue the following classes of licences: (a) a plumbers licence; (b) a drainers licence; (c) a restricted licence. An application for a licence is made in the approved form pursuant to section 36 of the Act. An application must be accompanied by: (i) satisfactory evidence of relevant practical experience and qualifications; and (ii) the fee prescribed under a regulation; and (iii) any other documents, identified in the approved form, the QBCC commissioner reasonably requires; and (iv) if the applicant is licensed by an interstate or the New Zealand licensing authority, written details of any conditions of the licence. A standard licence may have a period of up to 5 years whilst a provisional licence may have a period of up to 1 year. For exemptions from this Act, refer to section 121 of the Act. For limitations for provisional licence holders, refer to section 123 of the Act.

  • Sections 34, 35, 36, 37, 40, 41, 42, 44, 45, 46, 48, 64, 65, 74, 75, 119, 120, 121, 123, 124; Regulations 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, Schedules 1, 2, 3 of the Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003

Compliance assessable work must be assessed for compliance with the Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation. For the process on how to make a compliance request, refer to sections 85, 86 and 86A of the Act. The sought after outcome of a compliance request is a compliance permit or a compliance certificate. For the definition of ‘compliance assessable work’, refer to the Schedule of the Act. For what constitutes a ‘compliance permit’, refer to section 78 of the Act. For what constitutes a ‘compliance certificate’, refer to section 79 of the Act. In relation to both documents, they attach to the land and bind the owner and successors in title.

  • Sections 3, 78, 79, 80, 81, 83, 84, 81A, 85, 85B, 85C, 85D, 85E, 86, 86A, 86B, 86C, 86D, 89, Schedule; Regulations 6B, 13, 14, 14A, 14B, 14C. 14D, 16, 18, 19, 19A, 19B, 20, 21, 22, 23, 23A, 23B, 23C, 23D, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29 of the Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003

A person who carries out any plumbing or drainage work must ensure the work complies with the Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation. Part 2 of the Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003 prescribes compliance with particular codes and standards. For the definitions of ‘plumbing work’ and ‘drainage work’, refer to the Schedule of the Act.

  • Sections 3, 82, Schedule; Regulations 8A, 8B, 9, 12A of the Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003

When notifiable work has been completed, notification is to be given (by the licensee/other relevant entity) in the approved form to the QBCC pursuant to section 87 of the Act. A copy of the notice is also to be given to the owner of the premises. A local government may, but need not, inspect the work as a result of the notice being given. For what constitutes ‘notifiable work’, refer to regulation 6C of the Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003.

  • Sections 81A, 87; Regulations 6C, 29A Schedule 2 of the Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003

If a person carries out unregulated work, the person need not notify the local government about the work. For what constitutes ‘unregulated work’, refer to regulation 8 of the Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003

  • Section 88; Regulation 8, Schedule 4 of the Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003

A person may, in the approved form, apply to the government for an approval for: (a) an on-site sewage treatment plant or greywater treatment plant (among other approval requests). The application may be granted only if the government is reasonably satisfied the item the subject of the application complies with the Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation. For the definitions of ‘on-site sewage treatment plant’, ‘greywater’ and ‘greywater treatment plant’, refer to the Schedule of the Act.

  • Sections 3, 91, 93, 94, 95, Schedule

A person must not build or install an on-site sewage treatment plant (other than an on-site sewage treatment plant that consists only of a septic tank or chemical, composting, or incinerating toilet) unless: (a) a government approval has been given for the plant; and (b) the building or installation complies with all conditions of the government approval.

  • Section 125

A person must not build or install a greywater use facility unless: (a) a government approval has been given for any greywater treatment plant for the facility; and (b) the building or installation complies with all conditions of: (i) the government approval; and (ii) any plumbing code authorisation and certification for any greywater diversion device for the facility. For the definition of ‘greywater use facility’, refer to the Schedule of the Act.

  • Sections 3, 126, Schedule

A person must not build or install a chemical, composting or incinerating toilet unless the building or installation complies with the EPA design rules. For for the definition of ‘EPA design rules’, refer to the Schedule of the Act.

  • Sections 3, 127, 128C, Schedule

In carrying out plumbing work, a person must not do anything likely to pollute water in a water service provider’s water service as defined under the Water Supply Act.

  • Section 128A

The owner of premises must take all reasonable steps to ensure all plumbing and drainage on the premises is kept in good condition and operates properly.

  • Section 128G

If a person services an on-site sewerage facility or greywater treatment plant, the person must: (a) give the local government a written report on the condition of the facility or plant within 1 month after servicing it; and (b) give a copy of the report to the owner of the facility or plant as soon as practicable after servicing it.

  • Section 128H

A person must not tamper with a water meter.

  • Section 128JA

For the discharge of greywater, other than kitchen greywater, from plumbing and drainage on the premises: the owner must ensure the greywater is; (a) discharged into: (i) the infrastructure of the sewerage service provider for the area’s sewerage service; or (ii) a greywater use facility; or (b) carried by bucket or discharged by a hose to a garden or lawn on the premises. The owner must ensure: (a) the greywater does not cause an odour that unreasonably interferes, or is likely to unreasonably interfere, with the use or enjoyment of any other premises; and (b) any ponding or run-off of the greywater does not cause a danger or health risk to anyone.

  • Sections 128M, 128PA

A person must not dispose of the contents (other than effluent) of an on-site sewerage facility that has not been installed only for testing purposes other than in a place, and a way, approved by the local government.

  • Section 128P

If a supply pipe or sanitary drain is no longer needed because an installation on premises is dismantled, the owner of the premises must take all reasonable steps to ensure that: (a) all apparatus and fittings are disconnected from the supply pipe or sanitary drain; and (b) each opening to the supply pipe or sanitary drain is sealed with a plug.

  • Regulation 33 of the Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003

Water must not be supplied to an engine directly from a supply pipe.

  • Regulation 42 of the Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003

Hydraulic powered equipment may be connected to a supply pipe only if: (a) the local government has approved the connection; and (b) the equipment is fitted with the means of recovering and recycling water or with a backflow prevention device that is suitable for the purpose.

  • Regulation 44 of the Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003

A pipe carrying water supplied by the local government or other service provider must not, without a local government’s written approval: (a) be connected to a water storage tank used to store water obtained from another source; or (b) be discharged into a water storage tank used to store water obtained from another source.

  • Regulation 45 of the Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003

A water closet pan, urinal or another fixture must not be installed in a part of premises below the level of the sewer or on-site sewerage facility for the premises unless the local government’s approval has been obtained for the installation.

  • Regulation 47 of the Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003

If 2 or more premises in a local government’s sewered area are served by an existing combined sanitary drain; and the drain is obstructed, in disrepair or damaged because of defective materials, breakages or tree root intrusion; and the owners of the premises can not agree on suitable and fair arrangements for removing the obstruction or repairing or rebuilding the drain; THEN the local government may: perform the work; and fairly apportion the reasonable overall cost between or among the owners; and recover, as a debt from each owner, the owner’s share of the costs.

  • Regulation 54 of the Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003
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Relevant links

Plumbing laws [Queensland Government]

Plumbing laws and codes [Department of Housing and Public Works]

Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC)
Notifiable work for plumbing and drainage
Plumbers and drainers licence renewal

Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland

Plumbing and Pipe Trades Employees Union QLD/NT

Media statement

New Plumbing Industry Regulator to be Established

Media article

Service Trades Council to give plumbers ‘a voice’

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