Do I need plumbing approval

Find out about different types of plumbing and drainage work, including when you need to get Brisbane City Council approval. In Queensland, there are four categories of plumbing and drainage work.  

Permit work

Permit work requires Council assessment and approval prior to plumbing and drainage work commencing and at least one inspection. Commencing 1 July 2019, a new category of Fast-track Permit Work has been introduced for permit work that meets certain criteria set out in the Plumbing and Drainage Regulation 2019.

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.

Minor work

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

Unregulated work does not require a licensed person, Council notification or approval.

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:26 June 2019