Most in-ground tanks and tanks above a certain dimension require building approval. In some instances, a building certifier must verify that the installation is structurally sound or Brisbane City Council may need to approve the tank location.
All pipes and fittings connecting the rainwater tank to your roof, household fixtures and the stormwater system should be done in accordance with plumbing and building standards. A plumbing inspection will be required if the tank is connected for internal uses.
Tank overflow should be properly managed to prevent uncontrolled stormwater discharge of you and your neighbour's properties that could result in flooding and damage.
Plumbing approval is required for any internal connection, including but not limited to:
Please be aware that the only two internal uses for rainwater supported by Council are toilet flushing and cold water washing machine taps.
Plumbing forms 1, 2 and 7 will need to be submitted with your application.
It is the responsibility of the property owner to ensure, that if required, building and siting approvals are lodged.
A building application will need to be lodged with a building certifier if:
* To determine whether your tank is non-combustible, you will need to contact the manufacturer and ask them to provide a certificate showing the tank is non-combustible.
Council requires relaxation approval if:
Tanks must be separated from underground stormwater and sewerage pipes by at least two metres (unless a development permit authorises an alternative separation distance). If you are unsure, you can check by visiting Council.
Reduced rear and side boundary clearances will apply for narrow blocks and height restrictions for corner blocks.