One of the most common issues in commercial and residential plumbing and drainage is people struggling to understand what does (and does not) require local government permits and/or inspections. If you’re making changes to your property and get this wrong, it can cause additional paperwork, unexpected delays and even increased costs.
The good news is this whole area became simpler in November 2012 – when something called Notifiable Works started in Queensland. Simply put, this defined and extended the amount of work a qualified plumber or drainer can perform, before permits and/or inspections are required.
In essence, Notifiable Works is designed to reduce red tape, delays, paperwork and costs – it means most plumbing and drainage jobs performed in existing homes, can now proceed without the need for complicated paperwork. The type of jobs that Notifiable Works applies to, includes:
- 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; and/or
- Extending or altering pipe work.
In addition to this, some routine plumbing and drainage work can be performed on commercial buildings – again without permits / inspections, etc. If you’ve any doubt about whether your plumbing requirements are within the current scope of Notifiable Work, we would recommend you ask a qualified plumber / drainer.
The reason we suggest this is these types of regulations are subject to change. In most cases, such updates are infrequent and minor but it’s worth asking your service provider to confirm the situation. All experienced, certified plumbers should be aware of the latest rules and be able to offer free guidance.
Of course, you’re also very welcome to give us a call – we’re always here to provide help and advice with your plumbing and drainage! Contact us now on 3294 0105 for a free, no obligation quote. For more free hints and tips on Plumbing, visit our, Facebook page