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New online tool on QBCC website - is your plumbing work notifiable?

Updated: Jul 22, 2021

So you’re a plumber…do you know if you are performing notifiable work?


Notifiable work is a category of plumbing and drainage work which allows a plumber or drainer to perform the work without a local government permit or mandatory inspections.

Notifiable work includes most work performed in existing homes and some work on commercial buildings. Other types of work include permit and minor works. All types of regulated plumbing and drainage jobs must be performed by a QBCC licensed plumber or drainer.


The categories of notifiable work have been amended to provide clarity and improve usability for plumbers and drainers. They now include:

1. Extending supply pipes

2. Fire services

3. Existing sanitary plumbing

4. Existing sanitary drainage

5. Temperature control devices

6. Water heaters

7. Backflow prevention devices

8. Greywater treatment plants

9. Fixtures for class 1 or 10 buildings

10. Fixtures for class 2 to 9 buildings of 1 or 2 storeys

11. Sanitary drains

12. Sealing supply pipes.

QBCC has an easy to follow fact sheet to assist in differentiating between permit, notifiable and minor works.

The QBCC website now also has an easy to use online form to help you determine if work is notifiable through just 7 easy to answer questions.

The QBCC can audit licensees to investigate whether they have been complying with the requirements of notifiable work. A maximum penalty of 60 penalty units can be applied for failure to register notifiable work.

For comprehensive information about your notifiable work obligations, visit the QBCC website.

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