Do I need Plumbing approval?
All plumbing work in Queensland is regulated by state government legislative requirements and is categorised as:
- Compliance Assessable Work
- Notifiable work
- Minor work
- Uunregulated work
Only regulated work requires an application to be lodged with Council for assessment.
Compliance Assessable Work
Compliance Assessable Work is defined by exclusion. Any plumbing and drainage work that is not defined as Notifiable Work, Minor Work or Unregulated Work is therefore Compliance Assessable Work. Compliance Assessable Work must be performed by a licensed person and be assessed by Council for compliance with the regulations. A Compliance Permit must be obtained prior to commencing work. Further information regarding regulated work is also available from the QBCC website.
On completion of the work, a Form 4 (Notifiable Work) is required to be submitted to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) within 10 business days of completing the work. Notifiable Work does not require Council approval or inspections, however Council may audit the work for compliance with the technical standards. A list of what is defined as Notifiable Work is detailed in the Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003. Further information regarding notifiable work is also available from the QBCC website.
Minor Work must be performed by a licensed person, but does not require notification to council or the QBCC. A list of what is defined as minor work is detailed in the Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003. Further information regarding minor work is also available from the QBCC website.
Unregulated work is plumbing and drainage work that does not require council approval or notification. No licence is required to perform this work. A list of what is defined as unregulated work is detailed in the Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003. Further information regarding unregulated work is also available from the QBCC website
Lodging a Plumbing application
Once you know your proposed plumbing and drainage works require plumbing approval, the following documentation will be required to lodge your plumbing application:
- Form 1
- Site Plan
- Floor Plan
- Elevations Plan
- Proposed Sanitary Drainage / Hydraulic Plan
- Site Soil Classification Report
- Sanitary Articulation Design Plan (if site classification is H, E or P)
- On-Site Sewerage Design Plan/Report (if applicable)
Please note all Commercial Projects must be quoted before an application can be lodged by providing the completed Form 1 and relevant plans.
For further information on how to lodge your application, please refer to our Fact Sheet on lodging applications.
Where to lodge your application
Post: PO Box 1860, Rockhampton QLD 4700
Visit: Development Advice Centre
Level 2, Walter Reid Cultural Centre, Corner Derby Street and East Street, Rockhampton City
Customer Service Centre
Rockhampton Office - City Hall, 232 Bolsover Street, Rockhampton City
Gracemere Office - 1 Ranger Street, Gracemere
Mount Morgan Office - 32 Hall Street, Mount Morgan
View Council's Fees and Charges for Development Compliance - Plumbing.
The process for assessing an application is legislated under the Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003. Council will assess plumbing applications against required legislation and regulations within the timeframes set by the legislation.
Cancelling a Permit
Should you wish to withdraw a plumbing and drainage application lodged with Council, an administration fee is payable on the refund of fees. To cancel a permit and receive your refund, you need to make the request in writing.