Do I need plumbing approval

In Queensland, there are four categories of plumbing and drainage work:

  • compliance assessable work – is subject to Council approval, assessment and inspection requirements and is work that does not fit into the other three categories below
  • notifiable work – does not require Council approval but must be performed by an appropriately licensed person with notification provided to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC)
  • minor work – includes installations of apparatus or removal of fixtures or fittings. This work must be undertaken by a licensed person but doesn't require Council notification
  • unregulated work – does not require a licensed person, Council notification or approval.

Compliance assessable work

Unless Council excludes certain work from requiring a permit by resolution, all compliance assessable work requires approval from Brisbane City Council before works can proceed.

Notifiable work

Notifiable work can be performed without Council approval or mandatory inspections but must be performed by an appropriately licensed person. The licensed person must notify the Queensland Building and Construction Commission to advise that the work has been completed by filling out Form 4 on their website. Notifiable work includes the majority of work undertaken in existing buildings, such as installation of new fixtures in bathrooms or kitchen renovations.

Council conducts audit inspections of Form 4's lodged with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission.

More information

Find out more about plumbing and drainage by phoning Council on 07 3403 8888 for residential customers, or 133 BNE (133 263) for business customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Last updated:28 May 2019