The plumbing and drainage industry is essential to maintain, protect and enhance the health, safety and wellbeing of Queenslanders who need to use plumbing and drainage professionals. Fraser Coast Regional Council Plumbing Services Department offers inspection services, plumbing approvals and advice for all sanitary plumbing and drainage installations in the area.
New plumbing laws form part of the Queensland Building Plan and deliver reforms to make our construction industry safer, fairer and more sustainable, provide an efficient, modern system for approving plumbing work and make it easier for industry professionals to do business and understand their responsibilities
As of 1 July 2019, new plumbing laws are effective and Queensland’s plumbers and drainers, builders, developers and homeowners underwent modifications to managing their work. The laws changed are as follows:
- The Plumbing and Drainage Act 2018 (the new Act) will replace the repealed Plumbing and Drainage Act 2002 (PDA 2002).
- The Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2019 will replace the existing Standard Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003 and the Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2003.
- A new Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code will take effect complementing national plumbing standards. All Queensland-specific technical requirements are set out in a single document.
The new Act allows 2-Day Fast Track Approvals with set requirements for Class 1 and Class 10 buildings. Fraser Coast Regional Council has chosen to opt out of the fast-track process to provide a model that best meets the needs of the community and minimises the impact on Council’s resources while maintaining the current and popular level of service and ensure high-quality and cost-effective plumbing processes.