Cassowary Coast Regional Council

Plumbing and Drainage Plumbing and Drainage

A  permit is required for all plumbing and drainage work which is not included in the schedules of notifiable work, minor work or unregulated work in accordance with the Plumbing and Drainage Act.

Plumbing and drainage work must be carried out by a licensed plumber and drainer, and a permit is required before work commences.

To check if a plumber or drainer holds a current licence, please contact the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC).

Lodging a Development Application for Plumbing and Drainage Work

A Development Application for Plumbing and Drainage Work needs to include the following documentation:

Documents required for an application for a permit for a Class 1a or 10a Building:

  • Plumbing Form 1 (Permit work application for Plumbing, Drainage and On-site sewerage work)
  • Plumbing and drainage Site Plan 
  • A Floor Plan of the proposed building showing any proposed plumbing fixtures
  • A plan showing the Elevations of the proposed building
  • A Plumbing Form 7 Notification of Responsible Person
  • If the proposed work involves installing sanitary drainage, the application must also be accompanied by:
    • A Site Classification Report, complying with AS2870-2011, for the premises; and
    • If the soil classification for the premises under AS2870-2011 is H, E or P, a design showing the articulation of hte sanitary drainage for the premises.

 

Documents required for an application for a permit for a Class 2 to 9 Building:

  • Plumbing Form 1 (Permit work application for Plumbing, Drainage and On-site sewerage work)
  • Plumbing and drainage Site Plan 
  • A Floor Plan of the proposed building 
  • A plan showing the Elevations of the proposed building
  • Plumbing Form 7 Notification of Responsible Person
  • For sanitary drainage, a plan showing:
    • All proposed fixtures;
    • The proposed design and location of all sanitary drains;
    • The location, size and invert levels of each sewerage system connection point;
    • The proposed location and finished surface level of each overflow relief gully;
    • The  proposed location of any reflux valves or inspection points.
  • If the proposed work involves installing sanitary drainage, the application must also be accompanied by:
    • A Site Classification Report, complying with AS2870-2011, for the premises; and
    • If the soil classification for the premises under AS2870-2011 is H, E or P, a design showing the articulation of hte sanitary drainage for the premises.
  • Water supply, for a water service, a plan showing:
    • All proposed fixtures
    • The proposed design and location of all water supply pipes
    • The location and size of each connection point to the service provider's water supply systems;
    • The details of any other supply of water on the premises;
    • The size and location of any water meters proposed to be installed on the premises;
    • The proposed location and type of any testable backflow prevention devices.

 

Additional documents requried for an application for a permit that includes a greywater use facility

In addition to the documents mentioned above, the following documents will also be required to support an applicatoin that includes a greywater use facility:

  • A plan showing:
    • The type, size and location of any greywater treatment plant;
    • The location and levels of any connection points to the greywater use facility or the sanitary drainage;
    • Details of the proposed use of hte greywater, and if the use includes a land application area, the proposed layout of the area including minimum setback distances prescribed in the Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code (QPWC)
  • If the application involves the use of a greywater treatment plant, a copy of the treatment plant approval.
  • If the application involves the use of a land application area, a site and soil evaluation report for the premises is required to be submitted.

 

Additional documents required for an application for a permit that includes an on-site sewage facility

n addition to the documents mentioned above, the following documents will also be required to support an applicatoin that includes an on-site sewage use facility:

  • A plan showing:
    • The type, size and location of the on-site sewage treatment plant;
    • The location and levels of any connection points to the on-site sewage treatment plant;
    • Details of the proposed layout of any land application area including minimum setback distances prescribed in the  Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code (QPWC)
  • If the application involves the use of a secondary on-site sewage treatment plant, a copy of the treatment plant approval.
  • A site and soil evaluation report for the premises.

 

Please note that where a plan is submitted as part of an application for a permit, the plan must:

  • Be drawn to scale
  • Show enough detail o allow local government to assess the proposed work
  • Show the details of the person who prepared the plan, including the person's name, licence number or registration number or experience which is relevant to the work.

Application fees as per Council's schedule of Fees and Charges will apply.

Fees and Charges

A completed Plumbing Form 1 with the items listed above and the applicable application fee must be lodged with Council either by post or over the counter.  See Contact Council for office locations and the postal address.

Permits

When a Development Application for Plumbing and Drainage Work is lodged with Council it will be given a development application (DA) number. Council then has 10 business days to issue a permit or request further information.

A Permit for Plumbing and Drainage Work (with or without on-site sewerage facilities) advises of the conditions and mandatory inspections necessary to enable the regulated plumbing and drainage work to be carried out.  A Final Inspection Certificate will be issued after a compliant Final Plumbing Inspection.

For residential sites, garbage bins will be automatically ordered and delivered to the site once a Final Inspection Certificate for plumbing and drainage work has been issued.

For commercial buildings, a plumbing and drainage Final Inspection Certificate must be issued before obtaining a building final Certificate of Classification.

Plumbing and Drainage Inspections

Licenced plumbing inspector Sean O'Brien provides this service on behalf of Council. Mr O'Brien works out of both the Innisfail Shire Hall and the Tully Civic Centre.

Innisfail Shire Hall days (northern inspections): Mondays, Wednesdays & some Thursdays

Tully Civic Centre days (southern Inspections): Tuesdays, Fridays & some Thursdays

Mr O'Brien is available for office appointments between 8:30am and 12pm. Mandatory inspections will be outlined on your permit. Please allow 48 hours notice when scheduling inspections and office appointments.

As-Constructed Drainage Plan Search Request

An As Constructed Drainage Plan Search outlines where the as constructed sanitary drainage pipes are located for an existing structure.

To request an as-constructed drainage plan search complete the As Constructed Drainage Plan Search form and lodge it along with the applicable fee. Council has a five business day turnaround for searches. Please note that some searches may be unsuccessful.

Notifiable Work

On 1 November 2012 new amendments to the Plumbing & Drainage Act were passed to create a new category of plumbing and drainage work called 'notifiable work'.

Notifiable work requires plumbers and drainers to lodge a Form 4 (Notifiable Work) direct with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) within 10 business days of completing the work. These new laws have increased the amount of work a plumber or drainer can perform without local government approval or mandatory inspections. The vast majority of work undertaken in existing buildings will be notifiable work, for example:

  • Installing or replacing hot water systems
  • Kitchen additions or renovations
  • Bathroom renovations
  • Installing additional fixtures in an existing dwelling or shed (where plumbing work is already present)

The QBCC and local governments will work together to audit licensees to help ensure that plumbers and drainers are complying with their obligations.

For more information or a full list of notifiable works please refer to the QBCC website. The website also gives licensees and property owners further information and access to a suite of  Notifiable Work Resources.

Minor Work

Minor work is similar to notifiable work in that the work must be completed by a licenced plumber or drainer but it does not need to be registered with Council or the Plumbing Industry Council.

Minor work includes such things as:

  • Replacing, maintaining, repairing or removing a fitting or fixture
  • Repairing a broken or damaged pipe
  • Installing, replacing, maintaining, repairing or removing an apparatus

Minor work does not include:

  • Work necessary for installing, replacing or removing the following:
    • A temperature control device
    • A water heater
    • A testable backflow prevention device
    • A dual check valve with an atmospheric port
    • Replacing a domestic water filter cartridge

For more information or a full list of minor works please refer to the Department of Housing and Public Works website:
Department of Housing & Public Works: Plumbing

Unregulated Work

Unregulated work is plumbing and drainage work that does not require Council approval or notification. No licence is required to perform this work.

Unregulated work includes such things as:

  • Cleaning or maintaining ground level grates or traps on sanitary drains
  • Replacing caps to ground level inspection openings on sanitary drains
  • Maintaining an above or below ground irrigation system for the disposal of effluent from an on-site sewerage facility
  • Installing or maintaining an irrigation or lawn watering system downstream from an isolating valve, tap or backflow prevention device on the supply pipe for the irrigation or lawn watering system
  • Replacing a jumper valve or washer in a tap
  • Changing a shower head
  • Replacing, in a water closet (WC) cistern, a drop valve washer, float valve washer or suction cup rubber.

On-site Sewage Facilities & Greywater Systems

Residents often enquire about on-site sewage facilities and greywater on their property. The below information is designed to help answer frequently-asked questions.

On-Site Sewerage Facilities Factsheet

Alterations to Sewer/Water Main and Water Meter Connections/Disconnections

If you wish to carry out alterations to Council's sewer main or water main, or to apply for a water meter connection or disconnection, please contact Council's Water & Sewerage Department on 4030 2295 or 1300 763 903. 
Water Department - Forms & Factsheets.

Plumbing Standards / Forms / Factsheets & Useful Links

Plumbing is regulated by Council under current State Government legislation: Department of Housing & Public Works Plumbing: Laws and Codes

Quick links to forms for permit applications:

For further information please call Council's Building Services team:
Innisfail: Ph 07 4030 2242 or email buildingnorth@ccrc.qld.gov.au
Tully: Ph: 07 4043 9150 or email buildingsouth@ccrc.qld.gov.au