Frequently Asked Questions

Regulations and compliance for plumbing and drainage works.

Plumbers in regional NSW

IMPORTANT - The arrangements outlined in this section apply to NSW plumbing and drainage inspections outside the Sydney, Illawarra, Blue Mountains and the Newcastle areas from 1 January 2013.

Why are these changes being introduced?

In November 2008, the Better Regulation Office and former Department of Water and Energy undertook a review of the regulatory framework for plumbing and drainage in NSW.

The review was completed in May 2009 and the NSW Government introduced the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2011No:59 to provide for a single regulator (NSW Fair Trading) to take over jurisdiction of all plumbing and drainage regulation in NSW, and for the Plumbing Code of Australia to replace State-based standards. As a result of the review, a single NSW regulator will reduce the regulatory complexity and therefore save time for tradespeople who have previously had to deal with multiple government agencies.

For more information in relation to the Better Regulation Office review go to www.betterregulation.nsw.gov.au.

When do these changes take effect?

The introduction of the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2011 took effect across regional NSW from 1 January 2013.

Who will be responsible for carrying out the on-site plumbing and drainage inspection?

Parkes Shire Council (who are the local plumbing and drainage authority) will continue to carryout on-site plumbing and drainage inspections

Who do I call to book an inspection?

You are required to contact the relevant local plumbing and drainage authority, in the area where the work is intended to be carried out, to book an inspection.

Are there critical inspections for plumbing and drainage?

Yes, the licensee is responsible for contacting the relevant local plumbing and drainage authority in the area where the work is intended to be carried out to ensure that all critical inspections are booked in.

Who do I pay inspection fees to, and where do they get paid?

Inspection fees can be paid by the plumber, property owner or their agent, and are to be paid to the local plumbing and drainage authority (Parkes Shire Council).

Who sets the fee structure?

Fees are outlined in Parkes Shire Council's Fees and charges on its website.

What is a Notice of Work (NoW)?

A Notice of Work is to advise the local regulator, of the plumbers and drainers intention to carry out any plumbing or drainage work.

One version of the Notice of Work will be used by plumbers or drainers across NSW. This will help in providing consistency and uniformity throughout the state.

The Notice of Work will be completed by the plumber or drainer (the responsible person) and provides the following information to the regulator:

  1. who will carry out the work
  2. where work will be carried out
  3. when work will be undertaken and estimated completion date
  4. the type of work to be carried out (scale and scope)
  5. intention for work to comply with (PCA and AS/NZS3500), and
  6. if an alternate solution is being proposed.

Do I need to submit a Notice of Work (NoW)?

Yes, the Plumbing and Drainage Act 2011 requires the responsible person (the licensee) to submit the NoW to the regulator (Parkes Shire Council).

What work requires a NoW?

A Notice of Work will be required for any plumbing installation downstream from the point of connection to a water supply and any sanitary plumbing or drainage system from the fixture to the point of connection with the local utility operator. The Notice of Work must be completed by the licensed plumber or drainer.

What is a Certificate of Compliance (CoC)?

A Certificate of Compliance (CoC) is a legal requirement. It confirms that a licensed plumber/drainer has undertaken work, which complies with current legislation and the relevant industry Codes and Standards. A CoC must be filled out for all completed plumbing and drainage work.

The Certificate of Compliance used by plumbers or drainers will be the same format across NSW. This will help provide consistency and uniformity throughout the state.

Do I need to submit a Certificate of Compliance (CoC)?

Yes, as per the Plumbing and Drainage Act, the licensee is required to submit a copy of the CoC to the regulator (Parkes Shire Council) and a copy must be provided for the owner or agent for whom the work was undertaken.

What is a Sewer Service Diagram (SSD)?

A sewer service diagram is a layout of the onsite house service line from the fixtures to the point of connection or the property boundary.

Who do I submit the SSD to?

An SSD must be provided to the regulator (Parkes Shire Council) and the owner of the land or the owner's agent.

When do I submit a SSD?

The SSD must be issued at the completion of the drainage works.

Where do I get the NoW, CoC and SSD templates?

These can be found in Parkes Shire Council's section Plumbing Application Process section.